Firefighters put out four-alarm fire at Suffolk Downs – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) — BOSTON (WHDH) — Firefighters battled a massive four-alarm blaze at Suffolk Downs race track Monday night.

The emergency services rushed to the scene, where a fire ignited in the roof and smoke poured into the area. Firefighters battled the flames into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The fight was complicated by a lack of water supply. Firefighters had to run thousands of feet of plumbing just to connect their hoses before they could even begin dousing the blaze.

Citing safety concerns, firefighters were ordered down from the roof around 11:20 p.m., and on-site departments switched to using drones to spy on areas of greatest concern in the building.

“The drone is a great tool. We can get a bird’s-eye view of the entire building and it even has thermal imaging cameras. So we can see if the fire is spreading in the roof, under the roof, so we can see if it’s spreading further down the building or not,” said Jack Dempsey, Boston Fire Department Commissioner.

Nothing is known about injuries or the cause of the fire.

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