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Video: Explosions at Mass. 4-alarm auto shop fire

Firefighters from several departments used defensive operations during a commercial structure fire in Wayland


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By Ryan Mancini

WAYLAND, Mass. — Firefighters from several departments knocked down a fire at an auto body shop in Wayland on Tuesday, with only one firefighter injured during the incident, the Wayland Fire Department announced Tuesday night.

They received a 911 call at around 3:52 p.m. about a fire at the auto body shop on 116 Main St., according to a statement. The first companies to arrive saw heavy smoke and fire at the back end of the building. People inside were able to escape, with no one hurt.

Multiple explosions went off inside the building, leaving firefighters to be on the defense and battling the fire from the outside while keeping two adjacent commercial properties safe from the flames.

Firefighters asked for assistance after it was raised to a four-alarm fire, the department said. Firefighters from Sudbury, Sherborn, Framingham, Lincoln, Weston, Marlborough and Concord, along with a Brewster ambulance, came to their aid.

At some point during the incident, one firefighter injured a leg, the department said.

Assistant Fire Chief Richard Ripley confirmed to MassLive on Wednesday that the firefighter had minor injuries, was evaluated at the hospital, and has since been released.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Wayland Fire Department, with help from the Massachusetts State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit with the State Fire Marshal’s office.


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