The Bridgewater (MA) Fire Department responded to multiple calls reporting a building fire on Bedford Street. Companies arrived to find heavy smoke from the second floor and eaves of a two-story commercial building. Initial reports indicated all occupants were out. A working fire was quickly requested, followed shortly thereafter by a second alarm. Companies transitioned to a defensive posture and set up large lines, master streams and ladder pipes. Bridgewater and Raynham utilized their tower ladders, and West Bridgewater’s ladder pipe was placed into operation. Heavy fire blasted through the second floor of the building. The commercial building was used for automotive repairs. Previously, the building was used for concrete work, and a large hopper could be seen after the second-floor siding was burned away. Mutual aid came from East Bridgewater, Middleboro, Raynham, West Bridgewater and Whitman; Halifax and Middleboro covered. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

– Fire News story and cover photo by Pat Travers, photos by Bob Myers