Photos by Steven King
Ha-Tien Oriental Market place at 892 Main St. caught fire this afternoon. The two-alarm blaze brought nearly ten 10 trucks to the scene and thick gray smoke settled over the Main Street strip between Grand and Wyman streets.
The daughter of the store owners, Mindy Nguyen, confirmed that that fire started in the basement, and firefighters could be seen aiming their hoses under the building.
Capt. William Metterville, WPD Public Information Officer, said the owner of the store was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation, but was not transported to a hospital.
The fire is expected to take especially long to put out, since the basement is packed with boxes. Capt. Metterville called the fire “very stubborn,” and added that he hadn’t seen a fire like this take so long to put out in twenty years. No cause has been determined.
Smoke was seen coming out of the neighboring businesses Best Chinese Restaurant and Super Discount, but firefighters were concentrating their efforts on Ha-Tien.