Blaze consumes house in Adams

Occupants of 3 apartments lost their homes


ADAMS — Firefighters from four towns were called out early Saturday morning to battle a persistant blaze that gutted a house on Old Columbia Street. There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, said Fire Chief Paul J. Goyette. But, he said, the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

All three apartments at 335 Old Columbia Street were occupied, said Goyette. All the occupants escaped. They were housed and assisted by the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

In addition to Adams, units from the Clarksburg and Cheshire Volunteer Fire departments and the North Adams Fire Department assisted, said the chief.

According to Goyette, the fire was called in at 2:07 a.m. on Saturday morning. Members of the Alert Hose Co. arrived on the scene at 2:09 a.m., a minute after Adams Police arrived.

By the time firefighters arrived, the house was fully involved.

"We could see flames shooting from both the first and the second floor windows," said Goyette.

Firefighters mounted an attack initially, he said, but as the roof collapsed, the firemen had to fall back.

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"Once the roof collapses, it's a safety issue," he said.

The fire was not under control until about 7 a.m., said the chief.

"It was a pretty long night," Goyette admitted.

the house was completely gutted by the blaze. Goyette estimated that there was nothing salvageable in the blaze.

By Saturday afternoon, the building was being torn down.

In addition to firefighters from four communities, Adams Police and ambulances from Adams and North Adams were on hand.

The two-story house, according to town records, was constructed in 1879 with no major renovation work since 1932. The total square footage of the six-bedroom apartment building was about 2,400 square feet.

Reach staffer Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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