North Adams firefighters knock down Clarksburg garage fire


CLARKSBURG — Despite a dispatch snafu, firefighters late Tuesday were able to prevent a town home from being severely damaged by a fire that began in an attached garage.

North Adams firefighters responded and quickly knocked down the fire at the single-family residence on Fairview Heights Road in Clarksburg, according to North Adams Fire Director Stephen Meranti.

Thick smoke had clouded the house and all its residents were safely outside when firefighters arrived, Meranti said. No injuries were reported.

"North Adams made a great stop right at the source," said Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Company Chief Carlyle "Chip" Chesbro.

Clarksburg firefighters, who were not initially dispatched, arrived to assist North Adams firefighters. It was not immediately clear why Clarksburg was not initially called upon, but the home is just over the Clarksburg border.

Though the fire did not appear to create any structural concerns, Chesbro said there was smoke damage to the house.

The family's cat escaped during the commotion, but North Adams Firefighter Alan Richer was able to track it down outside.

Though an initial investigation did not result in any definitive answers, Meranti and Chesbro said the fire did not appear to be suspicious.

"Good teamwork by everyone," Chesbro said.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376


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