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Gill house burns in early morning fire

  • Firefighters from several area towns deal with icy conditions and a lack of water as they battle a house fire 129 Barney Hale Road in Gill on Tuesday morning. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Firefighters from several area towns deal with icy conditions and a lack of water as they battle a house fire 129 Barney Hale Road in Gill Tuesday morning. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Firefighters from several area towns deal with icy conditions and a lack of water as they battle a house fire 129 Barney Hale Road in Gill Tuesday morning. February 6, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—

  • Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—

  • Firefighters from several area towns deal with icy conditions and a lack of water as they battle a house fire 129 Barney Hale Road in Gill Tuesday morning. February 6, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—

  • Firefighters from several area towns deal with icy conditions and a lack of water as they battle a house fire 129 Barney Hale Road in Gill Tuesday morning. February 6, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Firefighters from several area towns deal with icy conditions and a lack of water as they battle a house fire 129 Barney Hale Road in Gill Tuesday morning. February 6, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz...



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

GILL — A fire damaged a Barney Hale Road home early Tuesday morning, but all occupants were able to get out of the house safely, according to Gill Fire Chief Gene Beaubien.

Tanker trucks from three towns were called to 129 Barney Hale Road shortly after 8 a.m. According to Beaubien, all three occupants and their dog were able to get out safely. It is not clear whether the house is insured.

Beaubien said that the cause of the fire is still unknown, but it is not deemed to be suspicious.

“We don’t believe it’s wood stove related,” he added. “We’re still looking for any other clues.”

Northfield Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell reported there was “heavy fire” on the first floor, and firefighters had to resort to a “more aggressive attack” to put out the flames.

According to Dunnell, six fire departments from the area were called to the scene from Gill, Erving, Greenfield, Montague, Bernardston and Northfield.

While Beaubien reported that the fire was a “fairly easy knockdown,” the placement of the house and driveway proved to be difficult for fire crews. The driveway was steep and slippery with ice, so crews had to exercise caution before sand was put down to help traction.

Just before 9 a.m., some crews were released from the scene as the fire was knocked down. All crews were able to leave the scene around 12:30 p.m., according to Beaubein.

The three-story wood-sided house was still standing, but appeared to have heavy first-floor damage. Around 9:30 a.m., light smoke could still be seen coming out of a doorframe as firefighters surrounded the house.

Mutual aid was called to help battle the fire and for station coverage. Crews were prepared to run water from Barton Cove to the tankers, but it wasn’t needed.

Occupants of the house were unavailable for comment.

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