Updated: Vacant Ashfield house burns to ground

Recorder Staff
Monday, October 09, 2017

ASHFIELD — An empty ranch-style house with an attached two-car garage on Bug Hill Road was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning.

Ashfield Fire Chief Del Haskins said the fire was reported by a passing motorist at about 4:18 a.m. and had apparently been burning before it was discovered. “The neighbors never saw it,” he said.

Haskins said the house has been unoccupied for at least two years and was without power. Besides Ashfield firefighters, Conway, Goshen, Plainfield, Hawley and Buckland fire departments provided mutual aid, while the Shelburne Falls Fire Department provided station coverage.

He said a K-9 dog was brought to the fire scene to sniff out any evidence of people inside the burned structure, but nothing was detected.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office was called and, as of Monday, the cause of the blaze remains under investigation, according to Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman for state Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey.