Massachusetts

Firefighters Battle Blaze Near Taunton City Hall

Multiple buildings in the immediate area were at risk, firefighters said

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A large fire burned in Taunton, Massachusetts, Saturday morning, threatening several buildings.

The blaze was in a commercial building on Spring Lane near Taunton City Hall, according to the the city's fire department, which was assisted by crews from surrounding towns. The commercial building was a repurposed mill building built in 1900.

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Multiple buildings in the immediate area were at risk, the Raynham Fire Department said.

Firefighters attempted to extinguish the flames by entering the building, but were forced to evacuate and take on the fire from the outside, Taunton fire officials said. The building's location, adjacent to the Mill River, made it harder for personnel to access the building.

It took about five hours for firefighters to get the fire under control, NBC affiliate WJAR reported.

There were no injuries, fire officials said. Firefighters were expected to be at the scene into the afternoon; drivers were urged to avoid the area.

Firefighters from nearby Berkley shared images of crews battling the blaze, which sent flames into tree canopies.

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