Welding Incident Is The Cause Of A Fire At A Worcester High School

By Tiffany Williams –

Monday afternoon, Worcester Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 299 Highland St, the site where the new Doherty Memorial High School is being built. 

The City of Worcester confirmed Tuesday  “The cause of the fire has been determined to be a welding incident, which ignited the piled roofing material.” 

The City of Worcester also said in a statement late Tuesday afternoon, “At the time of the incident, the required hot work permit from the Worcester Fire Department had lapsed. The Worcester Fire Department will not issue another hot work permit until an acceptable construction safety plan is presented and approved.”

The City of Worcester Department of Inspectional Services is working with the construction manager to assess the damage and determine the stability and integrity of the affected parts of the structure.  

The City of Worcester did not say when but did say “The Fire Department,  Inspectional Services and Worcester Public Schools will be meeting with the project manager to review, update and fully implement the site safety plan.”

One female who looked like a construction worker appeared to have been injured and was taken by Worcester EMS to UMass Memorial University Campus.

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