Firefighters Battle Fire In Lynn, Mass. Landmark

The fire was in Nandees' Restaurant, a restaurant/catering function landmark in Lynn, Massachusetts for 50 years. The fire started in the rear of the building and was discovered by the owner and one employee around 9 a.m. They had gone into the restaurant to prepare for several functions.

It went to three alarms in about 15 minutes. Then the chief pulled all the personnel out of the building and moved to an exterior attack. A fourth alarm was struck around 11 a.m. for extra personnel.

Abut 47 firefighters were treated on the scene for heat exhaustion and other minor injuries. One firefighter injured his back and was transported to the hospital.

Nine municipalities sent mutual aid to Lynn. Swampscott, Revere, Peabody and Wakefield worked at the fire. The remaining companies covered at vacant Lynn stations.

The fire was in the heart of downtown Lynn with connected mercantile buildings adjacent to the fire building. Temperatures at the time of the fire were in the high 80s and low 90s with dew points near 75 degrees.

Lynn is undergoing a fiscal crisis at the present time. Thirty-six firefighter were laid off just last week. Three companies were out of service at the time of the fire.