NORWOOD — A general alarm fire destroyed an auto parts building and an adjoining vacant structure at Nahatan st. and Broadway, just off the business district, at 10:30 Tuesday night.

The fire started in a 214-story wooden structure recently used as a wool storage warehouse, and spread to the Standard Auto Gear Supply Co.

Norwood, Westwood and Dedham firemen were unable to save the auto-parts building.

The vacant building, 100 years old, was recently condemned by the Board of Health, and was to have been torn down. Known as the Old Village Hall, it formerly housed the Norwood Messenger, a newspaper.

Police were called from their annual ball a mile away on Rte. 1—for emeregency traffic duty.

Cause of the fire is being investigated.

15 Apr 1964, Wed The Boston Globe