Staying on the job during COVID-19, firefighters quell smoky underground fire

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By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer

Marlborough firefighters cool the ground around a small fire March 30. As they tried to locate the source of smoke, firefighters said, they kept uncovering more embers, necessitating a full fire hose.

Marlborough – Firefighters came upon a unique scene March 30 dousing a small underground fire outside of a Subway sandwich shop, the source of which they struggled to pinpoint.

Responding amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, firefighters quelled the unidentified blaze in an otherwise empty parking lot, opting to bring out a high-pressure hose after fire extinguishers and shovels failed to cool persistent smoke

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Firefighters said they were unsure how the fire started but added that it caused no damage to any of the several nearby businesses.

As the region has locked down over fears of the coronavirus, departments across the region have taken precautions to stay safe while still responding to emergencies.

Among them have been an adoption of the typical social distancing guidelines suggested for all these days.

“Stay six feet apart,” one firefighter playfully reminded those nearby as he cleaned up.

(Photos by/Dakota Antelman)

A firefighter drags a hose to empty it of water after a response to a small fire March 30.
Marlborough firefighters cool the ground around a small fire March 30. As they tried to locate the source of smoke, firefighters said, they kept uncovering more embers, necessitating a full fire hose.
A Marlborough firefighter attaches a hose to engine truck number two during a small response to a small underground fire.