No injuries result from attic fire on Maple Street in Greenfield

By JULIAN MENDOZA

Staff Writer

Published: 08-08-2023 12:15 AM

GREENFIELD — Though an unoccupied single-family home at 15 Maple St. sustained heavy damage from a fire that started in the attic Monday night, no one was injured, according to Fire Chief Robert Strahan.

Reports of smoke showing from the roof of the two-story building came in at around 8:20 p.m. Upon arrival, responding firefighters found a fire in the attic, Strahan reported.

“An interior attack was initiated and the fire was knocked down relatively quickly,” Strahan said.

The first-alarm fire caused “extensive damage in the attic,” Strahan reported, adding that firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof to provide ventilation. The first and second floors sustained significant water damage.

Strahan said no one was in the house at the time of the fire. He noted that the building was in the process of being sold.

The building’s owner arrived on Maple Street at around 9 p.m. and spoke with Strahan. When approached by the Greenfield Recorder, he declined to comment.

Responding agencies included fire departments from Greenfield, Bernardston, South Deerfield and Turners Falls. Firefighters from Deerfield and Northfield provided station coverage. American Medical Response (AMR) provided medical coverage, despite medical services not needing to be administered.

Federal Street was blocked off near the intersection with Maple Street for a short time as first responders worked. Emergency personnel began preparing to clear the scene shortly before 9:30 p.m.

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The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Greenfield Police and Fire departments.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-930-4231 or jmendoza@recorder.com.

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