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Chimney fire damages home in Sunderland

SUNDERLAND — A chimney fire ignited in a Sunderland home Thursday evening, damaging much of the home’s living room and attic.

At 4:30 p.m., smoke was seen coming from the second floor and roof at 16 Claybrook Road. By the time firefighters and police arrived, the two children, three adults and two dogs were all safe outside the home, Sunderland Fire Lt. Jim Tower said. There were no injuries.

Firefighters worked to quickly contain the fire and police blocked off North Main Street.

As she watched firefighters work to knock down the fire, the house’s owner of 10 years, Felice DiMartino, was in shock. She declined to comment.

Within 20 to 30 minutes, firefighters controlled and contained the fire to the area of origin around the chimney.

While the rest of the home suffered minor smoke damage, Tower said the living room was covered in ashes.

Tower suspected the cause was a chimney fire that extended into the attic, but he said the offical cause of the fire is still being investigated.

A total of 40 firefighters from the Sunderland, Greenfield, Montague, South Deerfield, Amherst, Hadley and Leverett departments were on scene.

(Editor's note: Some information in this story has changed from an earlier edition)

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