Raging fire rips through Braintree insurance business

A raging fire tore through a business in Braintree early Tuesday morning. © Provided by

A raging fire tore through a business in Braintree early Tuesday morning.



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The two-alarm fire happened at Frye Insurance Agency at 1579 Washington St.

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Greg Blume and Peter Carloni have owned the business since 2012.

“Shocked. It was in full blaze at that point,” Carloni said.

“My wife it actually saw it on Channel 5 — the flames coming out of the building,” said Richard Frye, one of the original owners.

Frye spent the morning trying to salvage some precious memories among the charred rubble.

“There is a lot of history. My father was here with me. My brother came in here occasionally, so it was really quite something to look back at,” Frye said.

Fire investigators say it’s still too early to tell what caused the fire, although its origin points to an outside porch.

“There is some electrical, some smoking devices like an ashtray, but, again, we haven’t concluded anything at this time,” said Larry Mawn, Braintree fire investigator.

Despite the extensive damage to the building, the owner said most, if not all of the records — including those in paper files and computer back up, were able to be saved.

There were no reports of any injuries.

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