Fire damages pet-grooming business
A fire at Country Grooming on the Greenfield Shelburne line on Rt 2 kept departments from several towns busy around noon on Friday. Owners Paul and McMahon and Janice Jan McMahon talk with Shelburne Center fire fighter Laura Manners.
A fire at Country Grooming on the Greenfield Shelburne line on Rt 2 kept departments from several towns busy around noon on Friday.
SHELBURNE — Greenfield Deputy Chief Robert Strahan was driving along the Mohawk Trail when he spotted an unusually large plume of smoke coming from a chimney. He turned around, observed it and called for help.
Strahan’s quick thinking brought prompt help to the building fire, but the building that housed Country Grooming at 1548 Mohawk Trail was badly damaged. The business is closed on Fridays, and there were no animals or people in the building.
According to Shelburne Fire Chief John Taylor, the fire appeared to have started where the chimney pipe connects to a pellet-stove heater. “The fire was up in the attic area, so there’s a lot of roof damage and some water damage,” he said.
Pet groomer and business owner Jan McMahon was in Greenfield with her husband, Paul, when she saw what seemed to be a lot of smoke coming from the area near her home. “We got back, and it was us,” she said. McMahon said they have homeowner’s insurance, but she doesn’t believe that it will cover the separate grooming building near the home. She said she wants to salvage her grooming equipment and move into another shop nearby.
“I need to call my customers and talk to them,” she said. “I need to work, and I do want to find another spot and keep going. I’m still sort of numb.”
The fire was under control by 12:41 p.m., according to Taylor. Among the fire departments responding were Greenfield, Shelburne, Shelburne Falls, Buckland and Colrain. Also, the Bernardston Rapid Intervention Team responded, in case of firefighter injuries. Greenfield and Shelburne police also assisted with traffic on the Mohawk Trail.