A five alarm fire tore through two buildings in the downtown district of Hudson, Massachusetts on 12 October 2000. The initial call for the fire came just after 7:00 PM. Lieutenant David Prockett, commanding the first due Engine company bypasssed the 2nd alarm and ordered the 3rd right away. The building was fully involved and threatening the exposures on all sides. The 5th alarm was struck on the arrival of Fire Chief Fred Dusseault. Firefighters from Marlborough, Southborough, Northborough, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, Weston, Berlin, Bolton and Clinton were sent on the District 14 mutual aid response plan. At the height of the fire, there were 5 ladder pipes and numerous deck guns and hand lines in operation.

The fire building was a 50'x100' 3 story wood frame that was used as a warehouse. The fire also extended to a metal clad builing that housed the Hudson Food Pantry, a non profit organization that assists low income families.

Two juveniles have admitted setting the blaze, complaints will be filed with the Marlborough District Court.

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