Dec 9, 2015 5:01 PM

UPDATE: Portsmouth Gas Light Co. damaged in one of largest downtown fires in years

PORTSMOUTH- An iconic downtown Portsmouth restaurant is heavily damaged after a 4-alarm fire broke out this morning.

The Portsmouth Gas Light Co. suffered structural and water damage as crews worked to contain the fire to one building.

The two businesses on either side have some water damage.

The fire broke out just after 10 a.m., and firefighters on a boat training saw the smoke coming from the Market Street building and multiple 9-1-1 calls were made from surrounding businesses.

Fire Chief Steven Achilles says they've had three fires downtown in the past four years and this is one of the biggest.

"Because of the age of the building and the complexity of the building, fire traveled in hidden crawl spaces and above the ceiling levels away from where the sprinklers were," Achilles said.

Busy Market Street was shut down for hours, it reopened around 2 p.m.

Keeping the fire contained to one building was on of their top priorities.

"Especially around Christmas time with a vibrant downtown, we try to make sure more residents aren't displaced or businesses are closed. Unfortunately I think Gas Light is going to be closed for some time and hopefully the businesses on both sides can open up sooner than later," Achilles said.

No injuries were reported, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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