In the early nighttime hours on 2/4/2019, Townsend Fire (MA) was alerted to a fire on Fitchburg Road, just down the street from fire headquarters. On arrival companies had heavy fire showing from a four-story brick apartment building and struck quick second and third alarms, bringing mutual aid from both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. As companies began their attack, conditions deteriorated with fire coming through the roof. A fourth alarm was struck and companies were ordered out of the building. Multiple aerial master streams were used to fight the fire defensively. Crews remained on scene throughout the night.