Firefighters from several Western Massachusetts communities battled a 4-alarm mill fire in Orange throughout the day Saturday.

The fire broke out in a complex off South Main Street, fire officials said. The fire gutted one building in the complex, but spared the rest of the mill.

Most of the complex was abandoned, but the building that burned housed a fiberglass manufacturing company, officials said.

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan responded to investigate help coordinate the efforts of many small fire departments. He credited the firefighters and their aggressive attack on the fire for keeping the blaze from spreading beyond one building.

Seventeen communities sent firefighting resources to fight the blaze.

A state hazardous materials team also responded to evaluate the chemicals stored in the manufacturing firm. One firefighter was treated at an area hospital for injuries sustained fighting the fire.

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