METHUEN — Firefighters were out on the back deck of the Central Fire Station during a shift change Monday morning when two passers-by alerted them to a fire just a few buildings away.
Deputy Fire Chief Dan Donahue said two women were out walking their dogs and alerted the firefighters to blaze at 9 River St., just a short distance from the Lowell Street fire station.
Sure enough, in the distance, Donahue said he could “see the smoke coming from the roof” of the building.
Firefighters responded to the one-alarm blaze at 7:24 a.m. The fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes and the last fire truck cleared the scene around 8:40 a.m., Donahue said. Investigators determined the cause to be electrical and unintentional.
“It was knocked down pretty quickly,” Donahue said. “It did some structural damage to the roof, but all the contents are fine.”
The River Street building, situated along the Spicket