Originally posted at 5:13 a.m. Last updated at 12:03 p.m.
NATICK – Fire crews from several MetroWest communities are still battling an 8-alarm fire in downtown Natick.
When firefighters arrived on the scene just before 1:30 a.m., they found heavy fire in the basement of the King Wok Chinese restaurant.
The fire burned for more than six hours at several small businesses at East Central and South Main streets (Intersection of Route 135 & 27) in downtown Natick.
Reports have one firefighter injured.
Acting Natick Fire Chief Daniel Dow said the complex, which holds eight businesses, was built in 1900.
POSSIBLE businesses with smoke, water and or fire damages include the Nancy Kelley’s dance studio, the Christian Science reading room, a hair salon, a barber, a dog grooming, and a retail store. BUT firefighters are still on scene, so this is unconfirmed.
It is unknown what is the estimated cost of the damage.
Framingham, Ashland, and Wellesley, as well as other fire departments are assisting Natick Fire Department.
There is still heavy, heavy smoke in downtown Natick.
Drivers should expect delays in downtown Natick, and at the intersection of Routes 27 and 135, which is closed still as of 6 a.m.
“It’s going to be a very difficult day to do business downtown,” said Natick Police Lt. Carla Rossi, at a press conference this morning.