Fire destroys construction trailer at Lyman Street Bridge

  • A utility trailer was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning at the Lyman Street Bridge construction site.  HOLYOKE FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Published: 8/30/2020 8:57:29 PM

HOLYOKE — A utility trailer was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning at the Lyman Street Bridge construction site and was deemed accidental, according to the Holyoke Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 8 a.m. where they found the 14-foot-long trailer engulfed in flames. The trailer was being used to store construction tools and equipment and was owned by a contractor working on the ongoing bridge reconstruction project, according to the Holyoke Fire Department.

The city received a 911 call about the fire and a report of four to five explosions. Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 10 minutes and determined that it was caused by an electrical short in a battery cable that operates a generator. No one was injured and the fire did not damage any nearby buildings.

The Lyman Street Bridge over the city’s first level canal is currently closed to traffic and is not scheduled to reopen until at least fall 2021. The closure is part of $6.6 million state transportation project to remove and rebuild the existing bridge.

The fire was investigated by the Holyoke Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit and the Massachusetts State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit.




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