Tuesday, October 26, 2010 Fall River, Massachusetts

General Alarm (4) Fire At Fall River's "Duro Textiles"

At 2:18 on Tuesday afternoon a passing fall river district chief noticed smoke from the area of Bay & Middle Streets and reported a possible vehicle fire. Moments later fire alarm dispatched a full still alarm to 1 Middle Street Duro Textiles Plant Number Two for reports of a fire. Shortly after arrival it was apparent that the incident was more than a car fire and additional crews were requested which balanced out to a second alarm equivalent. Heavy fire conditions took hold of the old boiler room area which was setback along the train tracks behind the main mill building and began extending to the roof of Building Four and the soffit area of the larger section. Firefighters engaged in an interior operation in surrounding buildings as additional members setup ladder pipes and played exterior lines via surrounding roofs onto the building of origin. Police officers evacuated the Matthew J. Cuss Middle School and the East Gate Christian Academy Day Care Center during the height of the fire. Eventually command requested a Fourth alarm which brought all city apparatus to the fire in addition to about 50 recruits also requested was a Bristol County Structural Task Force which brought in mutual aid from Swansea, Somerset, Tiverton, Westport, Portsmouth, Dartmouth, and Seekonk a fire boat was also on scene but not used. Heavy fire burned for hours causing numerous collapses of the three story building as members tried to gain control which they did shortly before six in the evening. Two firefighters were injured in the fire and were transported to a local hospital. This was the first general alarm fire in the city in about ten years. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by The State fire marshal, A.T.F and Fall River Officials but is being called suspicious. Duro Textiles is the worlds largest distributor of woven and non woven textiles and also manufactures camouflage clothing for the armed forces for use overseas, Plant two has been vacant for a couple years and was in the process of being boarded up and secured to prevent youths and vandals into the structure.

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