GLOUCESTER — Acting Chief Robert Rivas reports that the Gloucester Fire Department responded to a three-alarm fire early Thursday morning in a building on Gloucester’s Inner Harbor.
At approximately 7:07 a.m., Gloucester Fire was dispatched to Beacon Marine Basin Inc., 211 East Main St. for a report of a building fire. Upon arrival at 7:09 a.m., crews observed smoke in the building’s basement that had extended to the roof and subsequently ordered a second alarm at 7:37 a.m. and a third alarm at 7:55 a.m.
Firefighters assisted one individual in safely evacuating from the building. There are no reported injuries and all of the building’s occupants are accounted for.
Gloucester Fire’s Engines 1, 2, 3 and 4, Ladder 1, Car 3, Rescue 1 and Rescue 2 responded to the scene.
The Gloucester Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Beverly Fire Department Marine Unit, the Gloucester Police Department, Gloucester Harbormaster, Gloucester Inspectional Services, Beauport Ambulance and mutual aid fire units from Essex, Hamilton, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. Station coverage was provided by the Beverly, Rockport, Danvers and Manchester-by-the-Sea Fire Departments. Rehab 5 also responded to the scene.
The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist fewer than 10 residents who were displaced by the fire.
The fire was knocked down at approximately 9:20 a.m. Residents and visitors should continue to avoid the area. Roads in the immediate area remain closed as of 11 a.m.
The cause of the fire will be investigated by the Gloucester Fire Department and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.