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2 Franklin County fires keep crews busy Sunday morning

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NEW SALEM, MA (WSHM) -

An early morning fire destroyed a workshop and closed part of Route 202 Sunday.

CBS 3 arrived to see what was left of the building that is near the intersection of Daniel Shays Highway and Cooleyville Road.

When firefighters got the call and arrived shortly after 4 a.m., the building fully engulfed. Crews from 12 different towns responded to fight the blaze.  

New Salem Fire Chief Joe Cuneo told CBS 3 that with the cold weather, there was concern over firefighter safety.

"Initially it was very cold, so our biggest concern was the firefighters themselves, their safety and the ice that is generated when we have the water flowing," Cuneo said. "We monitor that. We got some sand out here. We paid attention to rotate crews and did the best we could."

The building was vacant at the time and there were no injuries to any of the 68 firefighters.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

All of the crews working on that fire made it tough to get to a fire on East River Street in Orange just before 9 a.m.

Terry Dun, the public information officer for the Northwest Mass Incident Management team, told CBS 3 that two apartments in the eight-unit complex are uninhabitable following the blaze.

In all, 11 people were displaced.

Dun credited the first crew on scene for doing a good job to save the property until more crews arrived.

The building is a state-run complex for disabled seniors.

The cause remains under investigation.

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