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Fire marshal’s office: Cliffside Apartments fire caused by unattended cooking

  • Amherst firefighters carry pet rats out of Cliffside Apartments Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 for reports of fire.

  • South Deerfield firefighters at Cliffside Apartments Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 for reports of fire.

  • Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan outside Cliffside Apartments in Sunderland Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, after reports of fire.

  • Firefighters enter Cliffside Apartments in Sunderland Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, after reports of fire.


Recorder Staff
Thursday, August 10, 2017

SUNDERLAND — A fire at Cliffside Apartments that sent one to the hospital with smoke inhalation was caused by unattended cooking, according to a spokeswoman for the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Jennifer Mieth said Thursday evening that an individual noticed the fire start, but suffered smoke inhalation after entering the room to try and put it out. That person was transported to the hospital.

Firefighters from nearly ten neighboring towns responded to the report of a fire at the M building of the apartment community at 248 Amherst Road around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. At least three apartments were badly damaged. Police said the Red Cross is helping residents who’ve been affected.

Firefighters rescued pet rats, a cat and a small dog from the building. None of the animals were harmed, despite heavy smoke damage inside.

Mieth said cooking is the number one cause of fires in homes and of fire-related injuries. She said the fire marshal’s office promotes two safety-related messages:

“Stand by your pan” Stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking

“Put a lid on it.” Should a stove top fire occur, place a lid over it and turn off the heat, and the flames should smother.