SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) – Snow-covered roads presented a challenge to firefighters in Seekonk, after a three-alarm fire at a strip mall.
The fire started around 6:30 p.m. Sunday on Fall River Avenue, near the Target and Walmart stores.
It was a police officer who first spotted the fire and called the fire department. Flames quickly spread to several businesses. Nearby shoppers looked on.
“We actually came from the cinemas and we saw the smoke cloud coming out of the building,” described Seekonk Resident Josh Silva.
Fire crews from East Providence, Rehoboth, and Swansea assisted.
“There’s been a small collapse in part of the roof during the middle of the fire. We pulled all of the crews out of the building right now just for safety precautions,” said Seekonk Fire Chief Michael Healy.
Chief Healy explained that getting to a water supply was challenging because of the snow. Police closed off a portion of Route 6 so fire crews could run a hose to a fire hydrant.
“One is across the street; we got to travel over the median in the middle of the road. Another one was in Commerce Way, which is a private hydrant, which is covered in snow. The guys had to dig it out, so it was a little challenging,” Chief Healy said.
The chief believes the fire started in the ‘Bead and Wire’ business in the middle of the strip mall. He told Eyewitness News that most of the businesses appeared to have already been closed for the day.
No word on the cause. A fire marshal is expected to return to the strip mall Monday morning.