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SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – At 6:43AM this morning, the Shrewsbury Fire Department received notification of a reported building fire at 405 Boston Tp. (AMF Bowling Alley). Initial engine Companies encountered and heavy smoke condition and the activation of the sprinkler system. Shrewsbury Engine 2 personnel quickly located and extinguished the bulk of the fire within the first fifteen (15) minutes of arrival on scene. Shrewsbury Tower 1 and Engine 3, under the Command of Captain Seth Colby, checked for further extension of the fire into the area above the ceiling and began venting smoke from the structure. Activation of a single sprinkler head helped limit and control the extent of the fire loss. There was limited damage to the electrical system caused by the initial fire spread and the Town Electrical Inspector required that area to remain de-energized until repairs could be made. The fire originated in a janitors closet that contained dirty rags, a vacuum cleaner and general cleaning supplies. The fire is under investigation by the State Police Fire Marshal’s office along with Shrewsbury Fire and Police and appears to be accidental in nature.
Engine Companies from Boylston, Northborough and Westborough all assisted with damage control, smoke removal and safety operations on scene. Sutton Fire Department supplied a specialized power fan vehicle to push smoke from an extremely large building. Companies from Grafton and Worcester were dispatched to provide station coverage in Shrewsbury. Worcester Box 4 Rehab Unit was on scene to provide incident support as well. Fire Chief’s David Durgin (Northborough) and Joseph Flanagan (Boylston) assisted on scene with Command and Operations support. Management teams from AMF were on scene to begin cleanup and repair operations to the property. Normal business operations will be disrupted for at least several days to a week while corrective maintenance and fire damage is repaired. Damage is estimated to be in the $25,000-$50,000 dollar range. Although bitter cold hampered Firefighting operations due to the freezing of equipment and the ground surface, there were no significant injuries reported to firefighters or civilians. The Fire Department cleared the scene at 9:31AM.
Great job as always, by the wonderful folks from the Shrewsbury Fire Department, and special thanks to the firefighters from the surrounding communities for coming in to help out.