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Fire chief: Franklin blaze appears accidental

Posted by Martin Finucane March 9, 2007 11:34 AM


Franklin Fire Chief Gary McCarraher says a three-alarm fire that broke out at an industrial building early this morning was likely accidental.

The automotive insulation manufactured by Clark-Cutler-McDermott Co. on Fisher Street is the likely culprit, McCarraher said.

McCarraher said it appeared the material came into contact with some kind of heat source, possibly one of the machines used to make it, then burst into flame.

“We’re still trying to tack that down, but we believe it was accidental in nature," he said.

The call came in at 3:57 a.m., and Franklin firefighters were on the scene at 4:02 a.m. They were aided by firefighters from Bellingham, Norfolk, Medway, Milford, and Wrentham.

The fire was brought under control at 5:20 a.m., McCarraher said.

The fire damage was limited to the area around the machine where the blaze started, but the building sustained substantial water damage.

One firefighter was injured in a fall on the ice. He was treated at a hospital and released.

– Calvin Hennick

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