Heavy fire Saturday afternoon in Wareham resulted in several people being displaced and sent to the hospital.
According to the Wareham Fire Department, on Saturday just after 11:15 a.m., the department received multiple reports of a structure fire at 426 Main Street.
Captain Mickey Bird, who was in charge of Engine 1, immediately ordered a 2nd alarm on arrival due to heavy fire conditions in the large multi-family residence.
Arriving almost simultaneously, Chief John Kelley assumed command and assisted the crew of Engine 1 to begin their fire attack.
Conditions at the scene deteriorated rapidly, prompting Chief Kelley to order all firefighters out of the building. In addition, Chief Kelley struck a 3rd alarm, bringing multiple other fire departments in for assistance.
The fire was finally brought under control by 1:30 p.m., however firefighters continued to extinguish hot spots for several hours.
One firefighter and one civilian were transported to Tobey Hospital for observation of non-life-threatening injuries.
Eight residents were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.
A total of 37 Wareham Fire Department members responded to the scene. Carver, Whitman, and Plympton personnel also responded to the scene and helped with station coverage. The Providence Canteen and the State Rehab truck assisted at the scene as well.
Chief Kelley said, “All WFD personnel performed seamlessly with our mutual-aid partners and we greatly appreciate their assistance.”
The cause of the fire still remains under investigation.