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Small Erving house fire doused

  • Local fire departments put out a suspected electrical fire at 34 Moore St., Route 63, in the Ervingside section of Miller Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Local fire departments put out a suspected electrical fire at 34 Moore St., Route 63, in the Ervingside section of Miller Falls. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Local fire departments put out a suspected electrical fire at 34 Moore St., Route 63, in the Ervingside section of Miller Falls. Seen here removing burned flooring from second floor. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz


Recorder Staff
Friday, September 22, 2017

ERVING — Seven area fire departments turned out for a small electrical fire Friday afternoon on the upper floor of a two-story house at 34 Moore St.

The fire was quickly contained and extinguished by around 2:30 p.m. But a fear that the fire had gotten beneath the floor prompted fire officials to use caution and call for backup, according to Erving Fire Chief Philip Wonkka.

Homeowner Ken Zilsch, standing outside, speculated he’d overheated wiring beneath the floor while sanding with his wife, Carol Zilsch. That started the fire. No one was hurt.

Firefighters could be heard using chainsaws, and seen throwing pieces of wood out a second floor window. Wonkka said they’d cut open the floor to expose the wires, which were old.

Firefighters from Erving, Greenfield, Turners Falls, Millers Falls, Montague Center, Gill, and Northfield were called to assist.