Friday, April 15, 2011

Fire Destroys Abandoned Building

A fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. today in the vacant Masonic temple and dance studio at 25 Dean Street, directly behind the Post Office and the Bank of America branch. As of this writing there were no injuries reported and the cause of the blaze is under investigation, according to the Milford Daily News and WCVB-TV Channel 5.

Firefighters from nine surrounding towns aided the Franklin Fire Department with the 5-alarm blaze, which was largely under control by 4:30. The fire, near the intersection of Main Street and Dean Avenue, closed most of the roads downtown and forced the fire department to evacuate nearby houses. Students at Dean College were put on lockdown.