Fire destroyed a former fish processing plant in Rowley on Saturday night as a lack of water supply hampered efforts to douse the flames.

Joe from Mass Fire Buffs who was at the fire scene  told Seacoast Current multiple tankers were brought to the plant  as hose had to be laid along Silva Lane, a long dirt road off Route 133. One firefighter was taken to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport for treatment of an injured ankle, according to Joe.

The fire started around 10 p.m., according to the Topsfield fire department, which said it laid a 2,000 foot long relay pumping station and was on scene until 2 a.m.

WCVB reported that several explosions were heard during the two-alarm fire.  The building smouldered all night after the flames were knocked down, according to WHDH.

Resident Heather McLaughlin on the Rowley Talks Facebook page posted pictures of ashes from the fire on her deck.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

Reponse to a fire at a former fish processing plant in Rowley
Reponse to a fire at a former fish processing plant in Rowley (Topsfield Fire Department)

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