On July 14, 2016, the Brockton (MA) Fire Department began receiving calls for a building fire on North Montello Street, at the corner of Elliot Street. Squad-A, Engine-7, Engine-3, Ladder-1 and Car-56 responded on the initial alarm. Companies arrived to find smoke showing from a warehouse occupied by a furniture restoration company. Ladder-4, Engine-2, Brewster EMS Medic-3 and CA-8 responded. A second alarm was struck, and Abington Tower-1 responded. Heavy fire began taking over the three-story wood framed building, which was nearly the size of an entire block. Companies backed out of the building and began defensive operations. Additional alarms were requested, finally resulting in a seven-alarm building fire. As firefighters used large handlines, and ladder pipes, sections of the old building collapsed. Heavy fire shot through different sections of the roof during the blaze. The fire melted siding on several adjacent houses. Electricity was cut to the area for safety reasons, and some residents were evacuated as a precaution. The MBTA commuter rail Middleboro line was shut down, as well. Mutual aid responded from Avon, Bridgewater, Easton, Holbrook, Randolph, Raynham, Rockland, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, Whitman, Abington, East Bridgewater, and Stoughton. Mutual aid companies from Braintree, Hanover, Middleboro, Weymouth, and Bridgewater covered. One firefighter from Whitman was transported from the scene with an unknown injury.
– Fire News photo by Pat Travers