WAREHAM — A Cranberry Highway muffler shop suffered significant damage and multiple vehicles were destroyed in a three-alarm fire Thursday afternoon.

At 3:52 p.m. Thursday, January 9, the Onset Fire Department received a municipal fire alarm activation, along with radio and telephone reports of a structure fire at Pete’s Master Muffler located at 3125 Cranberry Highway.

Based on the reports received and the heavy volume of smoke visible in the distance, Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey R. Osswald ordered a working fire assignment, followed quickly by the transmission of second and third alarms within minutes of his arrival on scene.

According to Onset Fire Chief Ray Goodwin, the first arriving crews had heavy fire conditions in the garage and placed multiple hose streams into operation, knocking down the heavy fire within five minutes. Crews confined the fire to the building and remained for several hours completing extinguishment and assisting with the retrieval of property located in vehicles that were being repaired at the time of the fire.  Chief Goodwin said approximately 55 personnel operated at the scene. He said no injuries were sustained; however, the damage to the building was significant and multiple vehicles contained within were destroyed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the chief said it is not believed to be suspicious in nature.

Assistance at the scene was provided by Wareham Fire Department, Bourne Fire Department, Plymouth Fire Department, Wareham Emergency Medical Service, Wareham Police Department and Town of Wareham Inspectional Services. Carver Fire Department and Marion Fire Department provided coverage to Onset during the fire.

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