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An electrical blaze damages State Police barracks in Revere

The State Police barracks in Revere remains usable despite an estimated $30,000 in damage from a fire. The State Police barracks in Revere remains usable despite an estimated $30,000 in damage from a fire.
By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Staff / July 19, 2011

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REVERE - An electrical fire believed to have been caused by a malfunctioning air conditioning unit struck the State Police barracks on Revere Beach Boulevard yesterday.

No injuries were reported, but State Police spokesman David Procopio said the fire damaged the interior of the building, which also had smoke and water damage, particularly on one side of the historic brick complex.

A fire truck from Chelsea aided the Revere Fire Department. The exterior of the building was left intact, except for windows broken during firefighting.

The fire, which was reported at 5:46 p.m., caused an estimated $30,000 in damage, Procopio said. Two state troopers tried to fight the fire with extinguishers, but heavy smoke pushed them back.

The building remains usable, and State Police will continue to conduct operations there, said Procopio. State Police plan to hold prisoners elsewhere until cleanup is complete. No prisoners were in the building at the time of the fire, Procopio said.

The Revere Fire Department and the office of State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan are investigating the blaze, but investigators believe the fire was an accident.

The malfunctioning air conditioner could be seen yesterday, charred, on the ground.

“All signs point to an electrical fire in the air conditioning unit,’’ Procopio said.

The building was erected in 1899 and was a former metropolitan police station.

It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003.

John M. Guilfoil can be reached at jguilfoil@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globe_guilfoil.