Burned-out Chandler Street house struck again.


Byline: Scott J. Croteau

WORCESTER - A multi-alarm fire Saturday night inside a vacant Chandler Street building that had been badly damaged in an August fire is still under investigation. A small fire at the building re-ignited yesterday, but firefighters soaked it with water.

District Fire Chief Geoffrey Gardell said firefighters received many calls about a blaze at 531 Chandler St. around 11 p.m. Saturday.

"It was fully involved upon our arrival," he said.

Fire was coming out of the second floor and attic of the two-and-a-half story, wood frame home that was placed on the city's unsafe list after the August fire. The house had an "X" designation on the outside to deem it unsafe.

But by the time firefighters arrived, the "X" had burned off, Chief Gardell said.

Because of the condition of the building, firefighters mounted an outside attack on the blaze, pouring hundreds of gallons of water on it.

"The roof collapsed down into the building during the fire itself," the chief said.

The fire was under control by 1 a.m. yesterday, and a fire watch was placed on the building. It was some time before crews were allowed inside to check the building, Chief Gardell said.

Weather conditions, snow and a nasty wind made fighting the blaze a little difficult for firefighters.

Chief Gardell said ice is always a concern during cold-weather fires.

"We were flowing quite a bit of water," he said.

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