Blaze destroys home in Buckland, displaces family

Multiple fire departments responded to battle a blaze at 126 Charlemont Road in Buckland on Saturday night.

Multiple fire departments responded to battle a blaze at 126 Charlemont Road in Buckland on Saturday night. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/KEVIN PURINTON

Multiple fire departments responded to battle a blaze at 126 Charlemont Road in Buckland on Saturday night.

Multiple fire departments responded to battle a blaze at 126 Charlemont Road in Buckland on Saturday night. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/KEVIN PURINTON

Multiple fire departments responded to battle a blaze at 126 Charlemont Road in Buckland on Saturday night.

Multiple fire departments responded to battle a blaze at 126 Charlemont Road in Buckland on Saturday night. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/KEVIN PURINTON

By LIESEL NYGARD

For the Recorder

Published: 12-17-2023 4:37 PM

Modified: 12-17-2023 5:17 PM


BUCKLAND — Cloth and kindling placed too close to a wood stove caused a fire that destroyed a home at 126 Charlemont Road on Saturday night and displaced a family of four, according to Buckland Fire Chief Herb Guyette.

Multiple area departments responded at around 10:20 p.m., with tankers and a few engines. After extinguishing the fire, Guyette said, authorities deemed the one-story, wood-frame house a “total loss.”

“We got toned out for a chimney fire and then about a minute later we were toned out for a room and contents fire, which struck a first alarm,” Guyette said, adding that a second alarm was struck “for the size of the fully involved fire.”

By using a water source at Berkshire East Mountain Resort about a mile and a half away, emergency personnel managed to put out the fire. Guyette said due to the extent of damage, the house and a Hyundai Sonata that was parked near the house were considered irredeemable.

A family of four — two adults and two children — lived in the house, according to Guyette. The mother and children were home when the fire started, while the father was out of town. No one was injured, Guyette said, and one of the family’s cats was found the following day. However, one cat was still missing as of Sunday afternoon.

The family stayed at a neighbor’s house on the night of the fire. Guyette said he’s unsure what the financial estimate of the damages will be or whether the homeowners have insurance, but he knows the Red Cross will be assisting the family during this time.

Most of the departments left the fire scene at around 2 a.m. on Sunday, while other crew members stayed at the home until noon to assist.

“It was a great effort by all community responders,” Guyette said.

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In addition to the Buckland Fire Department, other responding fire departments include Shelburne, Ashfield, Conway, Charlemont, Hawley and Greenfield, as well as state fire investigators. The South Deerfield Fire District provided station coverage. Colrain Ambulance also responded.