The firewood inventory at a wood processing plant in Northbridge, Massachusetts, burned a little earlier than planned when a massive six-alarm fire swept through up to seven buildings Monday night, news media report.
High winds and lack of water hindered firefighters attempting to extinguish the blaze at West End Firewood originally reported as a wildfire, the Boston Globe reports.
The Northbridge Police Department Twitter page reports that firefighters resorted to drafting water from a nearby pond.
“Please stay away from this area to allow the fire department to do their job,” the Twitter page states.
A statement released by Northbridge District Fire Chief Robert Lachapelle said that firefighters arrived at the scene to find two structures already fully involved with the fire quickly spreading to others.
“A total of six alarms were sounded, which included two strike teams and one task force,” Lachapelle said. “At time of this release, a new fighting force is in place and will continue with overhaul and extinguishment.”