Fire officials deem suspicious blaze that destroyed Adams house

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ADAMS — A possibly deliberately-set fire destroyed a seasonal home near Greylock Glen late Saturday afternoon.

Around 4:15 p.m., the Adams Fire Department responded to a blaze at 218 Gould Road, where firefighters discovered the house engulfed in flames, according to Assistant Fire Chief Tim Ziemba.

"The house was heavily involved and we had to run 1000 feet of line to the site — uphill," Ziemba told The Eagle on Sunday.

Cheshire firefighters and the Adams Forest Warden's crew joined in dousing the blaze that eventually burned the one-and-a-half story structure to the ground. Clarksburg firefighters were on standby at the Adams fire station.

No one was home at the time and none of the 40-plus firefighters at the scene were hurt.

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Ziemba says the fire is being labeled suspicious and currently under investigation by the Adams Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal Office.

Adams officials say getting water to the site was difficult as the road leading to the house was unplowed and the residence was well beyond where Gould Road ends as a town road. With no hydrants near the scene, the nearest accessible water source were hydrants on West Road.

"The original plan was to use a dry hydrant located along the road near the ponds in the Glen but cars from people hiking in the area had it blocked in," Adams Fire Chief John Pansecchi posted on Facebook.

"The fire was so far advanced by the time we got there, if we had hydrants nearby, we would have lost most of the building," Ziemba said.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and 413-496-6233.


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