Fire destroys multiple businesses in Mass. shopping plaza near Conn. state line


LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A fire in Longmeadow damaged multiple businesses Tuesday morning and it took more than a dozen departments to put it out.

Six businesses in the shopping plaza at 909 Shaker Road are all destroyed by the fire that was already raging when Longmeadow firefighters arrived.

Officials provided an update at 9 a.m. Longmeadow Fire Chief John Dearborn said a call for the fire was received at 6:15 a.m. When crews arrived, the fire could be seen coming from the roof of the building. No injuries have been reported.

According to the Longmeadow Fire Department, additional companies were called to assist with putting out the fire at Armata’s plaza. Fire Chief Dearborn told 22News, 13 different fire departments were involved in the operation, including coverage at the area stations.

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The plaza houses six stores, including Armata’s Market and Bottle Shop Discount Liquors. Lyn Simmons, town manager, told 22News they are organizing assistance to the businesses and the property owner to set up recovery and unemployment assistance for the approximately 74 employees of the business.

The investigation is being conducted by the State Fire Marshal and the Longmeadow Fire Department to determine the cause.

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