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Fire in Northborough destroys strip mall, slows traffic

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 25, 2008 09:12 AM

Traffic is moving again on Route 20 in Northborough this morning after the road was closed for four hours while firefighters battled a five-alarm blaze at a strip mall.

One person was hurt in the fire and taken to a local hospital with injuries that the Fire Department described as not life-threatening.

The blaze erupted at 2:50 a.m. in the Northborough Shopping Center, which includes a jeweler, a food market, and an appliance shop.

Chief David Durgin of the Northborough Fire Department said the fire was reported by a passing limousine driver. A portion of the roof of the one-story structure collapsed at the height of the blaze, Durgin said.

It took firefighters from Northborough and neighboring communities several hours to bring the flames under control. Route 20 was closed from about 3:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

-- Kate Augusto

Material from the Associated Press was included in this report.

1 comments so far...
  1. im very very saddened by this fire. I cried when i heard about it. This was my favorite place to be on half days of school and i got all the stuff i needed at o'brien's.

    Posted by Brianna Stearns May 20, 08 07:14 PM
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