TAUNTON — Chief Timothy J. Bradshaw reports that the Taunton Fire Department and mutual aid partners battled a four-alarm fire in a commercial building adjacent to the Mill River.
On Saturday, May 28, at approximately 4 a.m., Taunton firefighters responded to multiple fire alarm activations at 4 Spring Lane, an approximately 29,000-square-foot mill building that was built in 1900.
Companies arrived to find heavy fire and smoke showing on arrival, and immediately began a search of the building, established water supply and began an interior attack on the fire.
Additional alarms were struck as the fire spread, and firefighters were forced to evacuate the building and begin an exterior attack on the fire. The building’s location adjacent to the Mill River, as well as fire conditions, made fully accessing the building difficult.
There are no reported injuries.
The fire was brought under control at approximately 12:30 p.m., but companies are expected to remain on scene for hours wetting down and overhauling the building. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area.
The cause is under investigation by the Taunton Fire Department, with assistance from the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office.
The Berkley, Lakeville, Bridgewater, Raynham and Rehoboth Fire Departments provided mutual aid at the scene, and the North Attleboro, Somerset, Easton and Norton Fire Departments covered Taunton stations.