A four-alarm fire broke out overnight around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at Sid Wainer & Son in New Bedford and as of this writing, the investigation continues.

A half-dozen tractor-trailers outside the facility caught fire and eventually the flames traveled to the building's loading dock.

I took a ride over to Sid Wainer & Son with a colleague, WBSM producer Matt Costa, to view the damage.

Matt Costa/Townsquare Media
Matt Costa/Townsquare Media
Matt Costa/Townsquare Media

The complete and total destruction of the vehicles was incredible to see. Tractor-trailers that were once transportation vessels for fine foods were now nothing but a twisted, burnt pile of wreckage.

The fire had scarred the side of the building and smoke had caused internal damage to some food items and produce.

Matt Costa/Townsquare Media
Matt Costa/Townsquare Media
Matt Costa/Townsquare Media
Matt Costa/Townsquare Media

Just last Saturday, the company had held a pop-up food pantry that provided an estimated 2,000 people with fresh produce. Sid Wainer & Son has always been an active supportive member of the New Bedford community and surrounding towns and had even planned another pop-up event on Wednesday, March 25 before the fire.

It seems as though 2020 has been a real test and a trying year for most and with everything that has been going on globally, this was for sure the last thing the company needed.

I'll leave you with one final thought: through the darkest of times, Sid Wainer & Son found the light and couldn't have said it better:

 "We were there for you yesterday, we are here for you today and tomorrow will not be any different."

As a community, we need to be there for each other and that's the important principle that the company has instilled in us all.

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