Around 2:15 PM Waltham firefighters answered the bells for a reported building on fire near Orange & Moody Streets. Upon arrival companies had heavy smoke pushing from a 2.5 story structure and discovered the conditions were quickly deteriorating. The 2nd alarm was ordered within a few minutes bringing additional manpower & equipment to the scene. At 2:45 the 3rd alarm was ordered bringing Cambridge fire fighters straight to the scene and other surrounding towns were brought in to assist in covering stations. No injuries have been reported at this time. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Update- 3PM: The incident commander has ordered everyone out of the building due to conditions and went to a defensive attack mode. Multi hand lines are in use. A partial collapse of the roof has also been reported via scanner transmissions.
Update -3:50 PM: Incident commander is now reporting that the heavy fire has been knocked down and companies are beginning the overhaul process. The fire building was not at the Funeral home as was reported but in the 2.5 story house behind it. The fire began on floor 1 and raced to all floors and broke thru the roof. The house was said to be occupied at the time and everyone made it out safely. The house was said to be owned by the director of the funeral home. The funeral home itself sustained some minimal damage to the rear when heat from the fire building melted the vinyl siding.