9/4/2007 – NEWARK — A fire at the Worcester County Developmental Center late Tuesday afternoon left a building gutted and about 90 disabled clients without what was essentially their second-home.
At about 3:15 p.m., a fire sparked in the attic of the care center. With only staff meetings occurring during the day, the evacuation of the building occurred without incident or injury.
“There were no handicapped children here today, which was a blessing,” said J.C. Barbely, chief of the Newark Volunteer Fire Company. “When my guys got here and started to go in it was already smoky.”
Worcester County Fire Marshal personnel were still combing through the wreckage for clues of what sparked the fire.
The blaze was extinguished by about 5 p.m., but not without some difficulty. Flames were initially controlled but firefighters ran out of water, Barbely said.
A solution came when fire crews tapped into a nearby lagoon and treatment plant to get the extra water needed to douse the flames for good.
Story from The Daily Times
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