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Maynard firefighters quickly contained a two-alarm fire at Tru Nature Salt Therapy, Sunday morning.
Fire Chief Anthony Stowers, in a press release, reported crews responded to 79 Main St. at 7:10 a.m., Oct. 4, after receiving several calls that smoke was coming from the rear of the building.
Fire Captain Michael Parr said it took firefighters about 10 minutes to extinguish the flames and then another 45 minutes or so to determine if the fire had extended beyond Tru Nature.
When firefighters arrived, smoke was pouring from the building and they used thermal imaging to locate the fire, Parr said.
Parr said when they put the fire out they could see a change in smoke level and visibility.
“The smoke lifts out and vents out the entrances,” he said.
But then the smoke started to “bank down again” and firefighters, concerned the fire was in the ceiling and might extend to adjoining businesses, called for a second alarm.
However, once the smoke cleared, they determined the fire had not spread, he said.
“We couldn’t see there was a second ceiling above the drop ceiling and that’s probably why we had that secondary drop in smoke,” Parr said.
No one was injured but Tru Nature sustained significant fire, water and smoke damage, particularly in one of the spa treatment rooms, Parr said, and will likely have to redo the majority of the space. Businesses to the left and right also sustained smoke damage.
Parr said older buildings typically do not have fire alarms that connect to the fire station, and because it was early in the morning, no one was in the building who might have heard a fire alarm. Fortunately, several passersby saw smoke and called the Fire Department, he said.
“Early warning is the biggest thing,” Parr said.
Bo Wang, owner of Tru Nature could not be reached for comment.
6 Bridges Gallery, which is next door to Tru Nature, reported on its Facebook page Sunday that the gallery was being aired out but had not sustained any damage. At the time of the post, 6 Bridges was without power. The gallery hopes to reopen Thursday, Oct. 9. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Fire crews from Acton, Stow, Concord, Sudbury, Lincoln, Hudson, and the Department of Fire Services Rehabilitation Unit also responded.
Parr urged residents to check their smoke alarms to make sure they are working.