FITCHBURG (CBS) – There’s no word yet on what caused a four-alarm fire that gutted a strip mall in Fitchburg overnight.
Flames broke out in the complex on River Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and quickly spread to the roof. Part of the building collapsed.READ MORE: Anyone Age 12 And Up Now Eligible For COVID Vaccines In Massachusetts
A section of the facade came down near a Fitchburg fire lieutenant and just missed hitting him.
No one was inside at the time and authorities say no one was hurt.READ MORE: It Happens Here: Former Kingston Oyster Farmer Pivots To Fashion With 'The Oyster Bag'
But, Fitchburg fire chief Kevin Roy said some hydrants were buried and others were frozen.
“The sprinkler system in this building has been shut down for a few weeks, it was frozen during the cold weather. Some of the buildings in the strip mall were occupied. Some of them were not,” Roy told reporters.MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
The only business in the strip mall currently open is Beamer’s Pub. The others are vacant.