Citizen Chronicle Writers

CHARLTON — Several towns responded to a three-alarm fire of a single-story building on Route 20, stalling traffic for some time late Saturday morning.

Temperatures were in the single-digits shortly before 11:00am when the Charlton Fire Department reported to the fire at 212 Worcester Road, along the eastbound portion of Route 20. One lane of eastbound traffic was blocked off while crews battled the blaze. According to the Spencer Fire Department, the vacant property was at one time the Prindle Hill Restaurant, and query results also show the address has been associated with the businesses Antik Motorsports and D&M Graphics.

According to the published reports by first responders, mutual aid of firefighting assistance and EMS coverage was provided to Charlton by the neighboring towns of Auburn, Dudley, Leicester, Oxford, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, and Webster. Most of the mutual aid was dispatched soon after 11:00am and was cleared from the scene around 12:30pm.

The fire was contained in the attic space with no injuries reported.

According to recorded deeds, the property was purchased by Krager Hawk Industries, LLC, managed by Gerald Kulp, in 2015. Krager Hawk Industries is based out of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and is in the heavy construction industry and in retail remodels.

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