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June 14, 2013

Fire damages Washington Street building

A two-story fire in the eaves and the roof of a three-story building on Washington Street Thursday night damaged the upper levels of the structure, but there were no reports of injuries to residents or firefighters.

Gloucester firefighters knocked down the blaze after roughly 45 minutes — and after drawing mutual aid from departments in Rockport, Manchester, Essex, Ipswich and Hamilton.

The fire broke out shortly after 7 p.m. in the mixed-use building at 91A Washington St., located just above the Prospect Street intersection.

The building houses a newly opened business, Happy Dumplings, on the first floor, and is adjacent to Ed’s Mini-Mart. Ironically, while firefighters battled the blaze on the upper floors and within the eaves and the roof, the lights remained on inside the new eatery.

The first responders to the scene at 91A Washington Street shortly after 7 p.m. reported smoke showing and a “working fire” at the site. And the second alarm sounded at around 7:30.

And radio calls from the scene indicated that firefighters were venting the roof, and otherwise looking to contain flames that were visible from outside the building.

There was no word on any potential cause of the blaze as of press time.

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