Fire heavily damages Tremont Street garage

PAUL TENNANT photo. A fire did heavy damage to a garage at 81 Tremont St. Monday night. An automobile and a motorcycle inside the garage were destroyed, but firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to nearby homes. Chief Brian Moriarty praised the quick work of the firefighters. 3/14/2016.

LAWRENCE — A single-alarm fire did heavy damage to a four-stall garage at 81 Tremont St. Monday night.

An automobile and a motorcycle that were inside were destroyed.

There were no injuries and no one was left homeless by the fire, which was reported at 6:46 p.m., Deputy Chief Jack Meaney said. Firefighters knocked down the blaze quickly and prevented it from spreading to nearby homes.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Meaney directed operations at the scene. Firefighters used axes to get at flames inside the walls and ceiling of the garage.

The structure is built of concrete blocks and wood. Engines 1, 6 and 7, Ladder 1 and the special operations truck went to the fire. Lawrence General Hospital paramedics were also there just in case anyone suffered an injury.

Andover firefighters covered the Lowell Street station while local crews worked at Tremont Street. The hydrant at Broadway and Tremont Street provided water for the attack.

Police blocked off Tremont Street at Broadway and Franklin Street.

Firefighters left at 8:02 p.m. Fire Chief Brian Moriarty, who went to the fire but did not assume command from Meaney, praised the "quick work" of the firefighters.

He noted that putting out fires requires a great deal of team work.

Both Moriarty and Meaney said the garage, which is close to the house at 81 Tremont St. but not attached to it, is repairable.

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