ROWLEY — One firefighter was injured in a massive blaze that destroyed a building Saturday. WHDH said the injured person was taken to hospital with minor foot injuries.
The building, the old Hutt’s freezing plant on Silva Lane, was a total loss, according to news reports. Along with other properties in the area, it is owned by the Rowley Land Appreciation Fund, tax records said.
The incident was first reported around 10 p.m. as a large fire in the woods by a Daniels Road resident. The caller’s son said he heard popping and then a large explosion, the dispatcher radioed.
“I can smell it on Haverhill Street and it looks like I do see it on the end of Silva Lane,” a responding officer radioed. “It’s definitely a big fire, I can see the sky’s pretty lit up,” he added.
After driving down the street, he radioed, “We’re going to have a massive fire at the end of Silva … Multiple explosions, it looks like the whole power line is ready to go too.”
A second alarm was sounded shortly after the firefighters arrived and crews from surrounding towns descended on the area to help out. They stayed on the scene until around 2 a.m.
It was the second time Saturday that Rowley called in help to deal with a fire. A brush fire on Route 1A earlier in the day briefly threatened a house but ultimately the blaze was nowhere near as damaging.
The fire department and state fire marshall are investigating the structure fire.