Around 2124 hrs (during the Bruins game and up 4-0) I heard Leominster Fire dispatch 2 Engines and 1 Ladder to the fire at 520 Main St. So off Michael and I went. The 4th alarm was being struck for a 5 story apts over commerical building downtown. Heavy smoke was pouring from the cockloft as you could see conditions were deteriorating very quickly.<p>The building built in 1897 and once had then President Theodore Roosevelt stay there, was converted into condominiums and consisted of 47 units. Exterior operations began rather quickly as 4 Tower Ladders and 3 rear mount Ladders and numerous master streams were put to use. Mutual aid at the fire from Leominster, Westminster, Lunenburg, Ashby, Gardner, Townsend, Lancaster and Shirley.<p>Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the night and into the morning. 3 Firefighters were treated for minor injury and all occupants were able to escape from the building.<p> Days after, I found out the following information. It took 14 Engines 7 Ladders and 125 Firefighters to extinguish the blaze. The fire still remains undetermined and may never be able to find the cause.
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