4-Alarm Fire Destroys 2 Buildings

An investigation is underway after the blaze tore through 2 buildings

(NECN: John Moroney) - Crews are trying to figure out what sparked a massive, four-alarm overnight fire in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Two vacant apartment buildings, including a 10-unit rooming house and a duplex, were destroyed just before 1 a.m. Tuesday on Broad Street.

Immediately next door at a new Thai restaurant, the fire melted siding and cracked windows. They're currently without power, but hope to reopen ASAP.

The not only damaged the new restaurant, but a number of homes, including one immediately to the right of fire and crime scene.

Authorities are investigating if arson played a role in the fire. Arson reward signs are now posted in the area, offering up to $5,000 for information.

Investigators were at one of the vacant buildings on Monday because of fires that had been set there in mid-June.

“We were here two weeks ago. There were several set fires in the building. So this is suspicious,” said Chief George Rogers of the Bridgewater Fire Department.

Both properties have been knocked down.

A firefighter was hurt battling the fire but he is expected to be okay.

The investigation is ongoing.

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