UPDATE: Dog dies in Shutesbury house fire

  • Firefighters use a ladder truck to spray water on a home at 56 Wendell Road in Shutesbury that caught fire on Sunday, July 1, 2018. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • As the sky darkens, firefighters use a ladder truck to spray water on a home at 56 Wendell Road in Shutesbury that caught fire on Sunday. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • Fire trucks from various towns lined Wendell Road in Shutesbury on Sunday, July 1, 2018, responding to a house fire at 56 Wendell Road. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • Fire trucks from various towns lined Wendell Road in Shutesbury on Sunday, July 1, 2018, responding to a house fire at 56 Wendell Road. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • Firefighters set up a storage tank for water in front of a home at 56 Wendell Road in Shutesbury, which caught fire on Sunday, July 1, 2018. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • A police officer helps to direct more fire trucks arriving to 56 Wendell Road in Shutesbury. The home caught fire on Sunday, July 1, 2018. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • Wendell Road in Shutesbury was closed on the evening of Sunday, July 1, 2018, following a structure fire at 56 Wendell Road. —Recorder Staff/Shelby Ashline

  • Max Marcus—Max Marcus

Recorder Staff
Published: 7/1/2018 10:53:18 PM

UPDATE: This story has been updated since firefighters discovered one of the dogs survived the fire.

SHUTESBURY — A fire destroyed a home and claimed the life of a dog Sunday night.

At 7:22 p.m., the Shutesbury Fire Department got a call for smoke showing at 56 Wendell Road. When firefighters arrived, they found the top floor of the house in flames, said Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan.

One of the residents’ two dogs died in the fire, but no people were hurt. One firefighter was taken to a hospital for a non-life-threatening condition related to the extreme heat and humidity, Strahan said.

As of 9:20 p.m., the fire was not yet totally under control, Strahan said, and added that it would likely take a few more hours to completely put out the flames.

Wendell Road was completely closed to through traffic, state police said.

Mutual aid was provided by fire departments from Greenfield, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Deerfield, Amherst, Wendell, Turners Falls, Erving and Northampton.


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