Fall River firefighters battled two fires overnight, one a massive fire in a mill building and then another at a home.
The first fire started around 12:20 a.m. Monday at the Stafford Mills complex on County Street. Flames were shooting out the top floor of the five-story building.
The fire chief said there are businesses on every floor and cardboard boxes and cloth were just some of the obstacles for firefighters inside.
“We knocked a lot of it down from the outside with ladder trucks but we also had crews going in, in the interior, so it was a challenge to get those hose lines all the way up to the fifth floor, there’s a lot of winding stairwells,” Fall River Fire Chief John Lynch told reporters. “They did a great job and the mutual aid pack worked with other towns coming to help us and they knocked it down and they’re going keep on top of it right now until it’s completely out,” said Mayor Paul Coogan.