Dozen fire departments battle Conway blaze

  • An early-morning, two-alarm fire at 69 Main St. in Conway displaced two renters on Wednesday. Courtesy photo/DEERFIELD FIRE DISTRICT FACEBOOK PAGE

Staff Writer
Published: 7/31/2019 5:40:17 PM
Modified: 7/31/2019 5:40:07 PM

CONWAY — An early-morning, two-alarm fire at 69 Main St. displaced two renters and required firefighters from at least a dozen departments Wednesday.

Conway Fire Chief Bob Baker said the hot weather required frequent rotations of firefighters to stave off exhaustion and avoid potentially deadly situations. He said the fire was called in at 1:11 a.m. and deemed under control around 4:30.

Baker said the blaze took the efforts of Conway, Deerfield, South Deerfield, Whately, Sunderland, Ashfield, Shelburne, Shelburne Falls, Charlemont, and Colrain, as well as the rapid intervention teams of Greenfield and Turners Falls. The Hatfield Fire Department covered the Conway station, Baker said.

“It was really cooking when we got there,” he said. “It was a very fast-moving fire.”

Baker said the fire started in a lean-to of a one-and-a-half-story “wooden-style log cabin home” with an upstairs loft. He said the fire was fully involved and starting to burn its way into the house when his crew arrived. He said the lean-to and house are considered a total loss. Fire crews left the scene at 6 a.m., he said.

The chief said the renters, a man and a woman, were being put up in a hotel so they could find other living arrangements.

Baker said a rehab unit from the state Fire Marshal’s Office was on scene to provide a space for firefighters to cool down and recuperate. And the Conway Firemen’s Auxiliary showed up to provide firefighters with cold drinks.

“Everybody did their job very well,” Baker said.

Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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