On Sunday November 26, 2004 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Gardner Fire responded to a reported structure fire on Nichols Street. This location is almost within sight of Fire Headquarters.
On arrival, firefighters found a three story residential fully involved and with extension to the residential structure to the right.
The fire rapidly went to five alarms. This was the second night in a row that a multiple alarm fire hit the city. Firefighters had battled a six alarm residential structure fire the night before.
Mutual aid companies responded from as far as twenty miles away.