The Longmeadow (MA) Fire Department (Longmeadow Firefighters Local 1903) was dispatched to Shaker Road for a structure fire. First arriving crews found heavy fire and smoke in the large, single-story strip mall. Second and third alarms were struck bringing East Longmeadow, North Thompsonville, Shaker Pines, Agawam and Springfield Fire and Emergency Services (Firefighters Local 648). Four ladder pipes, multiple 2-1/2 inch lines and deck guns were used to battle this massive fire. It took firefighters over two hours to bring the heaviest of the fire under control. A fourth alarm was struck for manpower and the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services ISU and Rehab trucks were requested. Six businesses were destroyed.

– Fire News photos by John DeForest and Patrick Dooley