Fire destroys camper, no injuries

A firefighter scans the remains of a camper that burned to the ground in Lanesborough on Friday.

LANESBOROUGH — A fire tore through a camper at the Mount Greylock Campsite Park on Friday night, leaving nothing but its frame and charred debris.

Just before 6 p.m., the fire department was called to the fire at 15 Scott Road campground, according to Lanesborough Fire Chief Charles Durfee.

By the time they arrived with tankers from Lanesborough and Hinsdale, the camper was fully involved. When it was extinguished, all that remained was the frame and charred debris.

"I really can't tell you what caused it," Durfee said at the site, where the smell of the extinguished blaze blended with that of ongoing barbeques from nearby sites. "Everything she has in there is gone. It's a total loss."

Friday was the first day of the season at the campsite. The owner of the camper had set up her site and took a walk to get supplies when the fire broke out. Firefighters accompanied her back to site after the blaze had been extinguished.

There were several challenges to battling the fire in the remote area. Because there were no nearby hydrants on the hill, the departments had to supply their own water, Durfee said.

Campers also burn very quickly and, like mobile homes, it's rare that they can be saved during a fire, Durfee said.

There was a concern about propane tanks near the fire, but firefighters dragged them away before there was an issue, he said.

The campground is owned by Gordon Hubbard and his wife. There are 112 sites and on a busy weekend, there could be as many as 500 people in the area.

"They did a good job," Hubbard said of the firefighters. "They were here fast."

The owner of the camper had insurance, Hubbard said, adding that this is the first season he's required all guests to have their campers insured.

While Hubbard said he has liability insurance for the property, there isn't a policy that insures the visiting campers.

"It's devastating," he said as the owner of the camper walked by in tears

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