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Quincy Avenue fire in vacant building under investigation

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 27, 2012 09:22 AM

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Quincy police are investigating the cause of a fire that took place in an abandoned building on Quincy Avenue.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Paul Griffith, Quincy Police called in the fire at around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning at 488 Quincy Ave.

The building had been vacant for approximately two years, and used to be a hearing-aid office with a residential component in the upper floor.

Quincy fire officers and Braintree fire personnel responded to the three-alarm blaze, which took almost four hours to put out.

According to Griffith, there were two minor injuries to firefighters working the scene.

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, there was no electricity to the building, and the meters had been turned off, Griffith said.

“We don’t know if there was any homeless there…there is a string of arsons going around down further…down in Halifax, Hanson, and Plymouth there is an arsonist running around that way. Hanson had a big fire at around 5 a.m. [this morning]. But right now, it’s still being investigated,” Griffith said.

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan said in a telephone interview that one of the State Police troopers assigned to his office was in Quincy this morning.

According to Griffith, it appears as though the fire started in the back stairwell and went into the attic. As the stairwell was the only access to the attic, fire personnel had to wait until the roof burned through to put out the blaze.

The second floor also received significant damage; the first floor appeared to have water damage.

The street was closed for a time due to the blaze, but it has since been opened. One lane on the northbound side of the street remains closed as fire trucks are still on scene.

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