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PHOTOS: Firefighters battle raging fire in Revere

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Heavy black smoke billows from Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday as a multi-alarm fire burns.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

Sozio fire

Spectators gather on the hill of a nearby BJ's Wholesale Club to catch a glimpse of the multi-alarm fire burning at Sozio's Appliance Store on Squire Road in Revere on Saturday.

(Photo by Spenser R. Hasak)

REVERE — A fast-moving fire swept through an appliance and furniture store on Saturday afternoon, turning the longstanding business into rubble. Firefighters from several cities poured on the effort combating the flames at Sozio Super Store on Squire Road. At least four ladder trucks attacked the fire from above while crews moved in and out of the burning structure.

The building quickly gave way to a tall column of black smoke, which could be seen for miles, including by passengers in airplanes flying into Logan Airport. Before long, the longtime Revere establishment was reduced to a red glowing tinderbox, and flames could be seen shooting from all sides.

 


 

Squire Road was shut in either direction, with drivers heading east forced to sit and watch in their cars before Police could safety back them off of the road. The fire snarled traffic heading into Revere from all directions as the major thoroughfare remained closed through the early evening.

Amaris Anderson lives a block away from Sozio’s on Pitcairn Street. She said her sister saw the smoke, and by the time they walked up the street to see what was going on, the fire was already roiling.

“Within 15 minutes that whole building was engulfed,” Amaris Anderson said. “Everything went up so fast”

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

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