Crews extinguish 3-alarm fire at vacant Fall River mill

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Firefighters in Fall River are were able to extinguish a 3-alarm fire that broke out Tuesday morning at a vacant mill.

Crews responding to 1 Middle St. shortly after 8 a.m. found smoke showing from one of the upper floors of the mill. Fire Chief John Lynch says the blaze started on the second floor and then burned through to the third.

The smoke was so strong from the fire that Lynch evacuated nearby homes due to air quality concerns and they have since been allowed to return.

Lynch added that although the mill was vacant, the city has had issues with people breaking in before.

“We’ve had problems for years here,” Lynch said. “The last few months we’ve had quite a few problems.”

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When Eyewitness News first arrived on scene, police were seen going door to door to try and learn more information.

Crews are still on scene finishing up work on part of the roof and monitoring any hot spots.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation by police and fire arson investigation.

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