Saturday, March 7, 2015

Fire by Pan Am's Deerfield MA Yard Draws Regional Response

(SOURCE:  MassLive 3/6/15)

DEERFIELD - Firefighters from Franklin and Hampshire Counties and as far away as Brattleboro, Vermont, are on the scene of a Deerfield fire where an industrial building on McClelland Road has been burning for hours.

According to a statement issued by Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr., the fire was reported at 3:21 a.m. and the first responders to arrive on scene reported a working fire.

According to the emergency services web site Fireground 360, Deerfield firefighters were called to the site of a former grain mill at McClelland Farm Road at about 3 a.m.

Assistance through mutual aid was quickly sought and departments from Amherst, Belchertown, Whately, Montague, Greenfield, Gill, Sunderland, Conway and Brattleboro responded. In all some 20 departments have dispatched assistance.

Paciorek said that in addition, departments from Vermont and southern New Hampshire are assisting.

Tanker trucks are being used to shuttle water to the site, which is just south of Greenfield near Railroad Yard Road.

Paciorek said the property has no water supply and water is being hauled in from Greenfield.

According to WWLP, the fire is contained to the top floor of the four-story metal structure.
Assistant Amherst Fire Chief Donald McCay tells the station that firefighters have concerns that the fire could spread to a smaller building where fertilizer is stored. McCay said the fire is far enough away where that concern in minimized.

Investigators with the state Fire Marshall's Office, the Massachusetts State Police and the Deerfield police are on scene and looking to determine the cause, Paciorek said.

Greenfield police announced that due to the fire, Cheapside Street in Greenfield is closed from from Deerfield Street to Hope Street.

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