Lenox Dale fire displaces two families Sunday afternoon

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LENOX DALE — A two-alarm fire Sunday afternoon displaced nine people — including three young children.

Around 3:45 p.m., Richard Shove called 911 after the owner of the two-family residence at 5 Crystal St. discovered the fire. Shove was home at the time with his wife and four children, ages 4, 6, 10 and 23.

"They were watching the Patriots [football game], when he smelled smoke from the basement and called 911," said Lenox Fire Chief Dan Clifford.

Shove alerted his three tenants, Brenda Raftery and her adult children, who, along with the Shoves all escaped the blaze unharmed. The Berkshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross was called in to help find temporary housing for the fire victims.

While the fire was brought under control within 90 minutes was first found in the basement, Clifford says where it started and the cause remain under investigation. An investigator with the State Fire Marshal Office was called in Sunday night to assist local fire officials in figuring out what sparked the blaze that heavily damaged the basement and first floor.

More than 50 firefighters from Lenox, Great Barrington, Lee, Stockbridge and Hinsdale helped douse the fire. Clifford said they all avoided injury battling the blaze.


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