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ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters battled a suspicious structure fire on Gould Road on Saturday that resulted in a total loss of the building.
Assistant Fire Chief Tim Ziemba said the fie was already well underway when the department responded to 218 Gould Road around 4 p.m.
"It was about 50 percent involved when we got there and the remaining half of the house had flames within," he said. "Within 20 minutes it had pretty much gone through and collapsed ... it was a total loss and leveled right to the ground."
He said the building was a seasonal home and was vacant, however, this meant the driveway was not plowed making it more difficult to reach the structure.
"The driveway was unplowed so we had to run, I am estimating, 1,000 feet through an unplowed driveway to get to the building," he said. "There was a considerable amount of time we couldn't drive to it."
Ziemba said water was also an issue and that without hydrants, the department had to utilize tankers.
"We had to use a tanker shuttle, which was set up another 500 feet below," Ziemba said. "They had a tanker shuttle set up. We pumped up about 500 feet up to another truck, which pumped up to the scene. So it took a whole lot to get that setup and get that rolling."
He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation but noted the blaze was suspicious.
"It is suspicious and under investigation, I can't say anything further," he said.
Firefighters remained on scene until about 10 p.m. on Saturday.
"The fire marshal was on scene and they conducted an investigation," he said. "We had to finish up hot spots after they were done ... it was labor-intensive and time-consuming."
The Adams Forest Wardens were also on scene as well as the Cheshire Fire department. Clarksburg firefighters covered the station.
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ADAMS — Five people were displaced Thursday night after a fire damaged a home on Gilead Street.
The call came in at 7:41 p.m. about a fire in the basement, according to Adams Fire Chief John Pansecchi. Firefighters could smell wood burning but couldn't find any fire there. But they did find a fire behind a bathroom wall in a first-floor apartment.
Firefighters broke through the interior and exterior walls on the first and second floors to extinguish the blaze.
"With temperatures in the single digits the ground around the firefighters was icing over, causing a fall hazard," Pansecchi said in a Facebook post. "No serious injuries were reported and all units cleared the scene around 9:30 p.m."
Pansecchi said the cause was a short in an electric wire inside the wall.
Fire departments from Cheshire and Clarksburg aided the effort, as did Adams Police, the Adams Water Department and the Adams Department of Public Works. Also, the American Red Cross responded to assist displaced occupants.
This fire occurred one day after a house fire on Water Street. Two people and three dogs were displaced, and one other dog died in the fire.
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ADAMS, Mass. — A fire at a home on Water Street early Wednesday afternoon severely damaged the 80-year-old structure leaving a family homeless.
Firefighters responded to 9 Water St. at about 12:30 p.m. and were able to quickly gain control over the blaze.
"The fire was coming out so we hit it from the outside and got it under control," Adams Fire Chief John Pansecchi said. "Then we sent guys in in crews. They went upstairs. There was no fire up there then we just started hitting all of the hot spots ... It went well."
Pansecchi said the homeowner was evaluated but there were no serious injuries.
"The owner complained of a little injury and got checked out for smoke inhalation but otherwise no injuries," he said.
Pansecchi said there were three pets in the house. Two were able to escape but one is still missing.
Once the firefighters knocked down the blaze, smoke continued to billow out of the home in the dense neighborhood. It continued to smolder into the afternoon.
Much of the smoke subsided around 2 p.m.
Pansecchi said he does not believe the single-family house can be salvaged.
"From what I can tell, I haven't been in there yet, but it appears to be a total loss," he said. "There was heavy fire throughout when we got here."
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