Montague house fire causes minor damage, no injuries

  • Route 63 was closed between Millers Falls and Lake Pleasant briefly on Tuesday morning, due to a minor house fire. No one was injured. STAFF PHOTO/MAX MARCUS

Staff Writer
Published: 10/20/2020 1:17:38 PM

MONTAGUE — A fire at a home on Route 63, between Millers Falls and Lake Pleasant, caused the road to be closed for about an hour Tuesday morning. But the damage to the house was relatively minor, and no one was hurt.

The fire was most likely caused by a person working with a blowtorch behind the house at 127 Federal St. (Route 63), according to Turners Falls Fire Department Deputy Chief Brian McCarthy.

“Unbeknownst to him, it gave off more heat than he thought,” McCarthy said.

A 911 call was made at 9:39 a.m. The rear exterior wall of the house had caught fire. The residents of the house, who were home at the time, had tried to extinguish the fire, but couldn’t, and it began to spread, McCarthy said.

He added that there is no reason to think that the cause of the fire was any different than what was reported to the Fire Department.

The Turners Falls Fire Department responded and found that the fire was still active, and had advanced into the house, McCarthy said. Mutual aid was then provided by fire departments from Montague Center, Greenfield, Erving and Orange.

Ultimately, the fire penetrated about a foot and a half into the rear of the house before it was totally extinguished, McCarthy said.

The homeowners were not available to comment, but McCarthy added that the homeowners were not displaced, as damage was relatively minor.

By 11 a.m. the fire was extinguished, and the road was reopened.

Reach Max Marcus at or 413-930-4231.

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