Abandoned building in Taunton goes up in flames
TAUNTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Fierce flames and thick, black smoke filled the skies over Taunton Monday as fire destroyed a large building.
The building, which was set to be demolished, was located in the middle of a 200-acre plot of land. The land is about to be redeveloped into an office park.
Fire crews didn’t enter the abandoned structure.
“My crews were met with a fully-involved structured on arrival a good amount of fire, pretty much surrounded it. Took a defensive stance right away,” said Chief Tim Bradshaw of the Taunton Fire Department.
The building was once part of a World War II Army camp and also a recreation center for a school. The buildings have been empty since the 1980s. A former security guard says the area has been a target for vandalism.
“A lot kids coming into vandalize, doing graffiti and stuff like that,” said Chris Easingwood, a former security guard. “[This doesn’t surprise me] it’s like an every-night thing now.”
The buildings were set to be demolished as part of the office park expansion.
“It will be about 2 million square feet of new buildings and we’ll also probably in the future have 2,500 jobs,” said Richard Shafer of the Taunton Development Corp.
The facility has no electricity. Investigators are trying to determine what, or who, started the fire.
“It’s under investigation…got to look at all the possible causes,” said Bradshaw.
A report from the state fire marshal’s office should be released sometime this week.