By SCOTT JACKSON
Firefighters from Quincy and surrounding communities responded to a five-alarm fire that damaged several buildings on Newport Avenue in Wollaston Tuesday morning.
The fire began in the vicinity of Newport Avenue and Brook Road, opposite the Wollaston MBTA station. Two Quincy firefighters sustained minor injuries battling the conflagration, according to the Quincy Police Department.
Newport Avenue in its entirety north of Furnace Brook Parkway is closed to traffic. Beale Street is also closed from Wollaston Center to Harvard Street. The closures are expected to last into Tuesday evening.
“We anticipate this area to remain closed throughout the evening commute,” police said. “Please make plans to alter your route.”
The public is asked to avoid the area while firefighters battle the blaze.
The two-story building at 299 Newport Ave., which is located on the corner of Brook Road, is home to a produce store, dry cleaner and massage center on its first floor, according to the city assessor’s office. Seven different small businesses share the second floor.
The building next door at 301 Newport Ave. houses a real estate office and tea house on the first floor with residential units above.
The building at 307 Newport Ave. had sat vacant since a three-alarm fire damaged it in November 2015. It was previously home to a barbershop, cabinet store and several apartments.
Because of the fire, the Wollaston shuttles are unable to service Beale Street and Newport Avenue. Shuttles are currently servicing Wollaston exclusively from Hancock Street at Woodbine (near Supreme Liquors) between North Quincy and Quincy Center.
Check the current shuttle locations on the MBTA site here: https://www.mbta.com/projects/wollaston-station-improvements/update/how-the-wollaston-station-closure-affects-your-trip.