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Gloucester firefighters extinguish 3-alarm blaze at waterfront building

Crews responded to a three-alarm blaze on Gloucester's Inner Harbor Thursday morning.Gloucester Fire Department

Firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze Thursday morning at a mixed-use building on Gloucester’s Inner Harbor, which displaced several residents, officials said.

The building fire at 211 East Main St., which is the Beacon Marine Basin Inc., was reported at around 7:07 a.m., and Gloucester fire crews arrived two minutes later, according to a statement from Acting Gloucester Fire Chief Robert Rivas.

“Upon arrival at 7:09 a.m., crews observed smoke in the building’s basement that had extended to the roof and subsequently ordered a second alarm at 7:37 a.m. and a third alarm at 7:55 a.m.,” fire officials said.

In an e-mail, Pamela Tobey, director of communications and constituent services for the mayor’s office in Gloucester, said the building is a mixed-use “of commercial and residential” with several apartments, stores, and an office for the marina inside.

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Firefighters helped one person evacuate the building safely, according to Gloucester fire. No injuries were reported, and all the building’s occupants “are accounted for,” officials said.

The fire was knocked down at around 9:20 a.m., and residents and visitors are still being asked to avoid the area, officials said. Roads in the immediate area were still closed as of 11 a.m., according to the statement.

Several fire crews and agencies helped Gloucester fire at the scene.Gloucester Fire Department

Several agencies assisted Gloucester fire at the scene, including the Beverly Fire Department Marine Unit, Gloucester police, Gloucester harbormaster, Gloucester inspectional services, Beauport Ambulance Service, and Rehab 5, according to the statement. Fire crews from Essex, Hamilton, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport provided mutual aid, officials said.

Fire departments from Beverly, Rockport, Danvers, and Manchester-by-the-Sea provided station coverage, officials said.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Gloucester fire and the Office of the State Fire Marshal, officials said.

In a statement, Gloucester Mayor Greg Verga thanked the city’s fire and police departments for “their quick and effective response to today’s building fire in East Gloucester.”

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“I am relieved and grateful that there were no reported injuries and that all occupants are accounted for,” said Verga. “I also want to thank our neighboring fire departments and mutual aid fire units for their support and assistance. Our community is fortunate to have so many capable and committed first responders, and we are so grateful for all that they have done.”


Matt Yan can be reached at matt.yan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @matt_yan12.