Dozens of firefighters battle volatile blaze in Savoy for eight hours

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Photo Gallery | Structure fire destroys vacant home in Savoy

SAVOY — Dozens of firefighters battled an intense — at times explosive — fire that consumed a vacant home over the weekend.

Shortly before 6:15 p.m on Saturday, the Savoy Fire Department, assisted by 10 other area fire departments and agencies, responded to a volatile blaze at 97 Main Road (Route 116), roughly two miles west of the Route 8A intersection.

The fire was so intense, the smoke could be seen for miles as the wooden structure, uninhabited for the past two years, was cluttered with plenty of furniture, mattresses and other combustibles, according to Savoy Fire Chief Larry Ordyna.

"There were several propane tanks in a storage area ... some of them blew," he said.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the unsafe conditions forced the 30-40 firefighters at the scene to attack the smoke and flames from the perimeter, a so-called "surround and drown."

"We knew what to expect so we slowly worked our way in to knock it down," Ordyna noted.

By 2 a.m. Sunday, the fire was under control and Savoy police stood watch overnight until an investigator with the State Fire Marshal Office arrived later in the day to sift through the rubble. What ignited the blaze remains under investigation.

Local and state fire officials did give the property owner the go-ahead to begin cleaning up the site, as they have concluded the gathering of evidence from the charred remains.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.


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