Fire destroys Orange home
Firefighter Shane Coy is the first to put water on a fire at 18 Terrace St. Orange Monday morning.
Firefighter James Hopkins with unknown backup partner puts water on the fire in the back of the house at 18 Terrace St in Orange Recorder/Mike Phillips
Firefighters shoot water on the fire in the back of the house at 18 Terrace St. in Orange Monday. The house was a total loss.
ORANGE— Charles and Luanne Pierson stood on a neighbor’s porch and watched flames shoot from the roof and windows of their two-story, wood-framed home of 20 years, while dark smoke billowed at least 100 feet into an overcast sky.
A neighbor, Lynn Boudreau, said she called in the fire at 18 Terrace St. to Orange Fire Department sometime around 9:30 a.m.
“I sat down to have a cup of tea and heard a small bang,” said Boudreau. “I looked out my back window and saw flames shooting from the back of the house.”
The Piersons’ son, who Boudreau said is about 30 years old and legally blind, was inside the house when the fire started.
According to Terry Dun, spokesman for the Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team, the young man was taken to the hospital to be evaluated. His parents said he was being checked for possible smoke inhalation, but had not been injured.
Dun said the house was “fully involved” when firefighters arrived. He said they fought the three-alarm fire from outside, because it was obvious early on that there was going to be no chance of saving the home, and the chief didn’t want to take any chances with his firefighters.
Early in the fight, firefighters used at least a half-dozen hoses, at one time and from all angles, to extinguish the fire.
Dun said an excavator was brought to the property later in the morning and the house was knocked down for safety reasons.
“We don’t have a cause yet,” said Dun. “The fire is still under investigation.”
About 40 firefighters were on scene while the fire raged, and the Red Cross was there to make arrangements for the Piersons, who did not want to talk to the press about the fire on Monday.
Dun said most firefighters had left Terrace Street by 2 p.m.
Orange fire and police responded, along with firefighters from Phillipston, New Salem, Warwick, Greenfield and Athol. Royalston and Northfield fire departments covered the Orange station and Orange and Gardner ambulances also responded.
It appears Luanne Pierson is or was the owner of Lu’s Flower & Gift Shop in Orange.