PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – The State Fire Marshall and Palmer Police are searching for a suspect who started a fire at the Bell Simons building on South Main Street in Palmer Monday night.
Palmer Fire Chief Allen Roy told 22News the fire at 1127 S Main St. has been confirmed to be arson. The fire started around 8:15 p.m. and was put out at 10:30 p.m., lasting over two hours Monday night.
The Palmer FD, with the assistants of the Monson FD, was able to keep the fire from spreading to any residential areas. South Main Street was closed to traffic until 10:45 p.m. between Salem Street and Stone Street while firefighters worked.
Chief Roy added that the building had minor structural damage, and the inside of the building had water and smoke damage. A firefighter told 22News he didn’t believe there were any serious injuries due to the fire; however, we did see a person coming out on a stretcher.
22News spoke with Janet Morawiec who lives in Palmer. She said this is devastating not just for the business, but for the community. “There have been quite a few fires in palmer, and the unfortunate thing is, it’s devastating for the town, because you have people that are losing their jobs. Buildings aren’t being rebuilt so it’s tough.”
The Bell Simons Company on S. Main St. is a pluming and HVAC company in Palmer. The owner of the building and the regional manager of the company, Richard Nelson, told 22News he didn’t understand why someone would set fire to the building, and he’s worried how this will effect his business.
Nelson hopes police are able to find the suspect soon. If you have any information on who may have set the fire, you’re asked to call the Palmer Police Department at (413) 283-8792.