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. 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. 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. 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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