Six trucks destroyed at food warehouse in New Bedford

A longtime food distributor in New Bedford that’s been helping the community stock-up on supplies during the coronavirus outbreak was hit by an overnight fire early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters got to the scene of the Sid Wainer & Son warehouse on Purchase St. at around 12:30 a.m.

Fire officials intitially got the call of a truck fire, but it rapidly turned into a four-alarm blaze.

“En route, we had some report of explosions. When we arrived on scene it was more than just a truck fire,” said New Bedford Fire Chief Jeff Pothier. “Six semis, relatively-new semis, were completely destroyed.”

Part of the warehouse where the tractor trailers were docked also suffered damage.

A spokesperson for Sid Wainer & Son said there was no real damage inside the facility other than some inventory loss, but the company said they are still able to serve their customers.

Nobody was hurt in the blaze.

Last weekend, the company held an emergency pop-up food event to help residents get much-needed supplies to help cope with the coronavirus outbreak.

The distributor served around 2,000 people at the event including New Bedford resident David Correia.

“Everybody needs help. I mean we came here to get our fruits and vegetables and now with this fire it doesn’t look like it’s going to be this week,” Correia said. “I seriously think it’s a disaster to the city. Because theyve been helping the folks in the city because of this coronavirus.”

Sid Wainer & Son was also planning on having a second pop-up event on Wednesday, but that had to be postponed because of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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