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Four-alarm blaze destroys Medford apartment building

Posted by Alix Roy  July 8, 2010 05:04 PM

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A four-alarm fire on Washington Street forced 13 people from their home Wednesday night as firefighters from eight communities battled the blaze late into the night.

Medford fire officials said the four-alarm fire broke out around 8 p.m. on Wednesday night after a day of high temperatures and blasting sun. The three-story apartment building at 112 and 114 Washington Street was home to 13 individuals, none of whom were injured.

The origin and cause of the fire is still under investigation.

On Thursday morning, utility crews worked to shut off lines leading to the property while fire and police personnel lingered at the scene, which remained blocked off to traffic. The building was scheduled for demolition later that day.
 
Fire crews fought off the blaze for hours, remaining at the scene until 3 a.m. on Thursday, Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Howe said. The biggest challenge lay in containing the blaze to the single structure, which is sandwiched between two other buildings.
 
“It was quite awhile due to the exposure,” he said.

The roof of the building eventually collapsed into itself, but the outer walls of the front and sides of the building remained standing.

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