Portion of Route 12 closed during fire

By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
shaun@thecitizenchronicle.com

DUDLEY — An overnight fire closed down a portion of Route 12 as crews battled a two-and-a-half story blaze early this morning.

It was at 2:20 a.m. that the Dudley Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 12 Schofield Avenue, just across the street from the Rite Aid Pharmacy. As local firefighters, as well as mutual aid crews, fought the fire, Schofield Avenue was closed to traffic from West Main Street to Brandon Road.

Fire officials confirmed that while the initial report indicated some occupants were trapped in the multi-family dwelling, all occupants had safely evacuated the building upon the arrival of firefighters. Firefighters reported heavy fire on the rear porches of the structure, as well as the second and third floors of the building.

According to the Dudley Fire Department, the fire was brought under control within an hour, while units remained on scene past 7 a.m. The Webster Fire Department sent a crew for mutual aid at 2:35 a.m., with the Southbridge Fire Department also responding to help.

Local firefighters returned to the scene after a report of smoke inside the building was reported at 9:41 a.m.

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