Two-alarm Fire on Central Street in Lowell

May 27, 2019

LOWELL — Foot and road traffic was shutdown on a portion of Central Street in downtown Lowell after a two-alarm fire broke out inside a commercial building about 8 p.m. Sunday.

No injuries were reported from the blaze, which started between the basement and the first floor of 181 Central St., Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward said from the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

With ample storage inside the unit and smoke pouring from the building, Winward said the source of the blaze was tough to find when firefighters first arrived.

“It took around 20 minutes for the firefighters to find it, but once they found it they were able to knock it down,” he said.

Winward described the business where the fire started as an “organic food store.” The chief added the unit suffered significant damage, while the units on either side of the fire’s source experienced minor damage.

As firefighters addressed the flames, Lowell police put tape up on Central Street between Williams and Jackson streets to prevent traffic from interfering with emergency crews.

The fire was out by 9 p.m. and firefighters remained on scene checking for hot spots and ventilating the building.

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