Fire dam­ages Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91 in Cam­bridge

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

CAM­BRIDGE — The state fire mar­shal’s of­fice said a fire at the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91 in Cam­bridge Tues­day, May 3, was likely caused by a light­ning strike.

A passerby called 911 to re­port the fire, which caused about $900,000 in dam­age to the struc­ture and con­tents, the fire mar­shal’s of­fice said.

Fire crews from Cam­bridge, Eas­ton, Trappe and Ox­ford all re­sponded to Radiance Drive, and west­bound U.S. Route 50 was shut down for a short time to al­low crews to bat­tle the fire. It took fire­fight­ers about two hours to con­trol the blaze, the fire mar­shal’s of­fice said, and no in­juries were re­ported.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined that the fire orig­i­nated above the fa­cil­ity’s main ban­quet hall, ac­cord­ing to the fire mar­shal’s of­fice, which pointed to a Mon­day night light­ning strike as the likely cause.

The Sal­va­tion Army in Cam­bridge re­leased its emer­gency ser­vices ve­hi­cle to the fire scene to serve the fire­fight­ers, emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel and po­lice of­fi­cers who had been bat­tling the blaze.

“A big thank you to our friends at Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket for their do­na­tion of cold Ga­torade drinks,” the Sal­va­tion Army wrote in a Face­book post. “A big thank you to our friends at Pizza Hut for their do­na­tion of piz­zas to feed the first re­spon­ders.”

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

Fire crews from Cam­bridge, Eas­ton, Trappe and Ox­ford work to con­trol a Tues­day fire at Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 91 in Cam­bridge.

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