Apr. 16—SHARON — Fire trucks from five departments raced to the scene of a fire Thursday at a business in the Sharon's main business district, where a small fire closed a block of
Firefighters were called about
The fire's location in the basement was difficult for firefighters to reach, as they tried accessing the basement through the building's front and back doors. The average "preconnects" — hoses attached to the fire trucks — reach only about 150 feet, so Fiscus said firefighters had to bring in extra hoses to reach about 250 feet.
With buildings packed close together in Sharon's downtown, the fire could have caused a catastrophe if it had been allowed to spread to adjoining structures, including the four-story
This fire's damage was more limited. Firefighters kept Thursday's small fire confined to the basement and extinguished the blaze "in a few minutes" once they were able to reach the scene with the hoses, Fiscus said.
The basement sustained some heat and flame damage, but otherwise the building's main floor was mostly undamaged aside from a broken window and a damaged rear door from when firefighters entered the building.
Fiscus said the fire's cause was still unknown Thursday evening and that two cats were unaccounted for.
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