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Feb 21, 2016 3:23 PM

UPDATE: 3-alarm fire destroys vacant commercial building on Mast Road in Goffstown

GOFFSTOWN - A three-alarm fire at 711 Mast Road destroyed a vacant building, sending up smoke that was visible for miles and damaging several adjacent buildings early Sunday afternoon.

Patrons at a restaurant next door were forced to evacuate and the owner of the North Garden Chinese Restaurant said the business would likely be shut down for several weeks because of the damage.

Firefighters responded shortly after 1:30 p.m. and quickly called for mutual aid as flames shot up through the roof and smoke was visible for miles.

Goffstown Fire Chief Richard O'Brien said there were several small explosions as firefighters were fighting the fire.

The building, formerly occupied by Jutras Signs, was a 27,000-square-foot commercial building, according to the realty company that sold it in August of 2014.

Nobody was injured. Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the afternoon dealing with hot spots. The cause remains under investigation.

Mike Reed, president of Stebbins Commercial Properties, Inc. said on the realty company's website that the building had been sold to O'Reilly Enterprises who planned to redevelop the location as O'Reilly VIP Auto or Pep Boys.

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