ORANGE, MASS. (WHDH) – Firefighters from more than 20 regional departments are battling a major blaze that has spread to several vacant buildings, according to Orange Fire Chief James Young.
Two people reported minor injuries, which were treated at the scene, Young said. The buildings were not occupied and no residents were evicted.
Firefighters first responded at 11:45 a.m. at 16 West River St. and found heavy smoke and flames at the vacant mill building and four others in the area.
Since then they have contained the spread of the fire and are still involved in active suppression.
The response from regional fire departments was the equivalent of a fire with six or seven alerts, Chief Young said. The state’s fire brigade mobilization plan was activated, bringing in two statewide task forces to support local departments on the ground.
The origin and cause of the fire are being investigated by the Orange Fire Department, the Orange Police Department and the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit, attached to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
In addition to regional resources, the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services deployed a rehab unit to assist local firefighters. an Incident Support Init to assist commanders, a drone unit to obtain aerial photographs of structures, and a hazmat team to monitor airborne health hazards.
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