|Great Barrington Structure Fire Destroys Family Residence|
|Community Submission, |
12:42AM / Wednesday, December 30, 2020
|It took firefighters hours to contain a blaze in the sprawling log cabin.|
No one was injured but the building suffered significant fire, water and smoke damage in some areas.
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Tuesday morning structure fire severely damaged a home at 26 Berkshire Heights Road.
The Fire Department responded at about 7:30 a.m. and Chief Charles Burger, immediately requested the first alarm.
The first-arriving Great Barrington units found a large 7,500-square-foot single-family log cabin with fire rapidly spreading from the basement to the attic on the west side of the dwelling.
The residents stated everyone was out of the building.
Engine 3 stretched a hose line inside and rapidly knocked down multiple rooms of fire on the first and second floors. However, the fire quickly ran into the attic and void spaces in about half of the old dwelling. It took several hours to bring the fire completely under control.
Firefighters were faced with many challenges, the chief said. A water supply line needed to be laid 1,500 feet up the long driveway from the nearest hydrant, which is in a very low-pressure area of town. The Water Department was able to open bypasses in the system to boost the water supply.
Additionally, the cabin's interior walls were framed several inches from the exterior log walls, creating large void spaces that allowed for rapid, concealed fire spread. However, fire damage was contained to the west end of the house and half of the attic.
There was extensive water, heat and smoke damage throughout the entire building. Most of the contents and part of the building are considered a loss.
Great Barrington responded with three engines, a rescue and ladder. They were assisted on scene by a ladder and Rapid Intervention Team from Monterey, two engines from Sheffield, police, Water Department, National Grid, Southern Berkshire Ambulance and the Fire Department Support Group. The Egremont Fire Department covered Great Barrington during the fire.
The fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office but is not considered suspicious.
There were no injuries. The residents are being housed locally by their insurance company, Wheeler & Taylor.
"I would like to express my sympathy to the residents who lost so much today, but who were primarily concerned for the safety of our firefighters," said Burger. "Their thoughtfulness is impressive. I would also like to thank our firefighters and mutual aid companies who worked long and hard despite being faced with many challenges."
Submitted by the Great Barrington Fire Department.