A six-alarm fire that started Monday night ripped through the historic Suffolk Downs racetrack grandstand building in Boston, according to the local fire department.
The Boston Fire Department was deployed Monday night at 10 p.m. ET. Firefighters who were fighting the fire were told to come from the roof and were assisted by a drone to help put out the fire, the department tweeted,
Investigators do not know how the fire originated and there were no reports of injuries. The department tweeted “heavy fire down” at 1:21 p.m.
“We had a very difficult time with water. It was very limited here. We had a lot of help getting lines thousands of feet,” Boston Fire Department Commissioner Jack Dempsey said, according to WCVB5.
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Suffolk Downs was built in 1935 and held live races until 2019, but the building remained open for simulcast events, including simulcasting races on Memorial Day.
HYM Investment Group bought the site in 2017 and planned to redevelop the 161 acres of land into affordable housing and a scientific lab.