WORCESTER (CBS) – Just hours after the line of duty death of Lt. Jason Menard, Worcester firefighters were called to a fire at a commercial building several miles away.

Menard died early Wednesday morning during a fire on Stockholm Street. The veteran firefighter was hailed a hero for helping members of his unit escape the house fire before he became trapped and died.

Worcester firefighters battle a fire on Pleasant Street. (WBZ-TV)

A short time later, around 10:30 a.m., smoke began pouring out of a building on Pleasant Street that includes several businesses, including pet supply and shipping stores.

Worcester firefighters rushed to the scene and began fighting the fire on and above the building’s roof.

“It wasn’t easy. It’s definitely taking its toll and I don’t know how much more we can take,” said Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie speaking about how difficult it was to get back to work so quickly after Menard’s death.

No injuries have been reported in the Pleasant Street fire.


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