A major fire in Orange spreads to several vacant buildings; more than 20 firefighters on site

A major fire in the city of Orange on Saturday broke out in a former grain factory and quickly spread to several other vacant buildings, drawing fire crews from 20 communities in central Massachusetts, according to the fire department. of State.

Two people were injured and treated at the scene of the fire at 16 West St., but refused to be taken to hospital, the department said in a statement.

Heavy smoke and flames were already visible when firefighters arrived at the scene around 11:45 a.m., Orange Fire Chief James Young said in the statement.

The structure was previously used as a grain factory but was vacant at the time of the fire, according to DFS public information officer Jake Wark.

The buildings were vacant and no residents were moved, according to Young.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found heavy smoke and flames in the vacant factory building and four others in the area.

The response from regional fire departments was equivalent to a six- or seven-alarm fire, and two statewide task forces were attending the scene, Young said.

By late Saturday afternoon, the fire had been brought under control, but firefighters were still on the scene, according to the statement.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by Orange Fire and Police and State Police assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

This breaking news will be updated as new information becomes available.

Maria Elena Little Endara can be contacted at [email protected]

Marjorie N. McClure