Firefighters douse garage fire

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No one was injured in a fire this morning at Mac Contracting on Scott Avenue, which was quickly contained and doused by city firefighters.

Fire Chief Thomas Iacovissi said this morning that no one was working at the business when the alarm was raised to 9-1-1 at 8:42 a.m.

Scott Avenue is an alley that runs between West Thomas and West Court streets.

“Smoke was coming from all sides” when firefighters arrived on the scene, the chief said. Fire was visible on the southeast side of the structure.

Iacovissi said firefighters were able to contain the fire damage to two of the bays in the old building.

He said there was a large, open space above the ceiling, and crews were able to get up there and cut off the fire from spreading.

“They did a great job,” the chief said. He noted that the building had been remodeled over the years, with multiple additions.

The fire is believed to have started inside the building, the chief said. Several vehicles and other equipment inside was damaged by fire and smoke.

“We’re unsure at this time what started the fire,” Iacovissi said this morning. The cause is under investigation. Temperatures dipped into the teens overnight with one of the first snowfalls of the season.

The chief noted that there was smoke damage throughout the building.

According to city records, the property is owned by Albert P. McLeish Jr. It has an assessed property value of $30,000.

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