Food warehouse catches fire in New Bedford as distributor prepares to open pop-up amid coronavirus outbreak

NEW BEDFORD, MASS. (WHDH) - Flames broke out at a New Bedford food warehouse early Tuesday morning as its distributor prepared to open a food pop-up amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Firefighters responding to a reported fire at Sid Wainer & Son on Purchase Street just after midnight found heavy flames coming from several tractor-trailers parked outside the building’s dock doors.

Sid Wainer & Son is a distributor of specialty foods and announced on Monday plans for an emergency food pop-up to share affordable food with the New Bedford community. The company had held a pop-up on Saturday and had a second one planned for Wednesday, which has since been postponed.

New Bedford District Fire Chief Jeff Pothier said it’s a shame that the warehouse caught fire.

“These people go out of their way to provide, you know, food to the people who are in need during these difficult times and to see something like this happen, it’s a tragedy,” he said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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