Chief Charles Burger
37 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
For Immediate Release
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Great Barrington Fire Department Extinguishes House Fire, Returns Next Day After Home Catches Fire Again
Fire Leaves Seven Residents Displaced
GREAT BARRINGTON – Chief Charles Burger reports that the Great Barrington Fire Department battled a two-alarm house fire this weekend that was put out and then caught fire again 15 hours later.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2:51 p.m., the Great Barrington Fire Department responded to 26 Dresser Ave. on a report of a kitchen stove fire at a two-story, wood frame, single-family home.
Upon arrival, firefighters, and Great Barrington police officers, who also arrived on scene, learned that a 76-year-old man was trapped inside. Heavy smoke and flames engulfed the first floor of the home, with extension to the second floor.
Police, with assistance from a Great Barrington firefighter, were able to rescue the man by pulling him out of the house through a first-floor window. The man was then transported by Southern Berkshire Ambulance to Fairview Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A second alarm was struck as firefighters on Engine 3 made an aggressive attack on the first floor, verifying the remaining six occupants were out of the home, and then extinguishing the blaze 15 minutes later.
Crews from Sheffield, Egremont, Monterey, Stockbridge, and Lenox Fire Departments also responded to assist, along with the Hinsdale Fire Department’s rehab truck and the Great Barrington support group, which is made up of wives and mothers of firefighters that provide food and water to crews. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours overhauling the building before clearing the scene around 7 p.m. The cause of the fire was cooking.
One firefighter from Great Barrington suffered non-life threatening injuries, and was treated and released from the hospital later that day.
Great Barrington firefighters continued to make regular checks of the home throughout the night and into the morning. A half hour after one of their checks, on Sunday, Dec. 12, around 11 a.m., firefighters received a 911 call that the home had once again caught fire.
Upon firefighters’ arrival to the scene, they saw that the house was completely engulfed in flames, with fire coming out of every window. The Great Barrington Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal are currently still at the residence putting out hot spots.
The home is completely destroyed. The American Red Cross is working with the seven displaced residents to provide temporary housing.
Additionally, the Multicultural BRIDGE group is working to provide meals, transportation and services to the family. A gofundme page has also been set up, where residents who would like to help can donate.
“This is an extremely unfortunate situation, where one family lost their home and all of their belongings in one day,” Chief Burger said. “We encourage anyone who can help make this family’s holiday as special as always, to please donate.”
The origin and cause of the second fire remain under investigation by the Great Barrington Fire Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office.