Wakefield Fire Department

WFD Battles 5 Alarm Fire at Concrete Company

Chief Michael Sullivan reports that the Wakefield Fire Department extinguished a five-alarm blaze at an industrial facility early this morning.

At 2:45 a.m., Wakefield Fire responded to MacLellan Concrete Company at 1 New Salem St. for a report of a building fire. Upon arrival, a second alarm was struck as firefighters saw heavy fire coming from the front of the building.

Additional alarms continued to be struck as firefighters faced water supply challenges. Ultimately, five alarms were struck.

The building did not have many windows, and firefighters were forced to cut holes in the building in order to attack the flames and put out the fire.

Approximately 12 area fire departments provided mutual aid at the scene, and two Wakefield firefighters sustained injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. One of the firefighters was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

The front of the building is believed to be a total loss, and significant smoke damage was done to the rest of the facility.

The main body of the fire was extinguished by approximately 5:30 a.m., however the scene has not yet been cleared as multiple agencies are investigating.

The Wakefield Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal are conducting a joint investigation.