Martin's Restaurant damaged in late night fire


GREAT BARRINGTON >> A late night fire on Thursday was quickly contained by police and firefighters, preventing serious damage to a downtown landmark restaurant, authorities said.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Shortly after 11 p.m., firefighters responded to Martin's Restaurant on Railroad Street, where they found a fire burning in the kitchen of the two-story building, according to Great Barrington Fire Chief Charles Burger, in a prepared release.

Great Barrington Police Officer Chad Shimmon, who already was on the scene, helped slow the fire's growth by discharging an extinguisher through an open window, the release stated.

Firefighters were able to quickly control the fire while additional crews ventilated and performed salvage operations.

An apartment on the second floor was unoccupied at the time.

Fire damage was limited to the kitchen, though there was smoke and heat damage throughout the restaurant. Second-floor tenants were able to return to their apartment after firefighters ventilated the residence.

The restaurant was closed on Friday, and it was unclear when it would reopen.

The business is insured. The cause is under investigation, but is not considered suspicious.

Twenty-one firefighters from Great Barrington responded to the scene. The department was assisted by the Lenox Fire Department's Rapid Intervention Team, Great Barrington Police and National Grid. Southern Berkshire Ambulance, along with the fire department's Support Group, were on scene providing firefighter rehab. The Sheffield Fire Department covered Great Barrington's Fire Station.

"I am proud of the quick work done by our department last night," Burger said in the release. "I would also like to thank all the agencies who assisted us. We were able to save a downtown landmark in Great Barrington."


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