Local departments quell minor fire at The Brewery at Four Star Farms in Northfield

  • The Brewery at Four Star Farms in Northfield experienced a small fire in the attic area over the brewhouse on Wednesday afternoon. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Firefighters inspect the metal flue that passes through the ceiling and roof at The Brewery at Four Star Farms in Northfield on Wednesday afternoon.

  • The Brewery at Four Star Farms in Northfield experienced a small fire in the attic area over the brewhouse on Wednesday afternoon. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Firefighters take insulation out of the attic after a small fire at The Brewery at Four Star Farms in Northfield on Wednesday afternoon. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 1/6/2021 6:22:14 PM

NORTHFIELD — A quick response from local fire departments saw no injuries and no structural damage after firefighters were called to a first-alarm fire at The Brewery at Four Star Farms Wednesday afternoon.

The Northfield Fire Department responded at around 2:50 p.m. and, with help from other area departments, had the scene under control within about 30 minutes.

“We had a small incident here at the brewery and, thankfully, the local fire departments were able to get here in time so that it remained a very small issue,” said Liz L’Etoile, a co-owner of The Brewery at Four Star Farms, which opened for to-go beer sales on Dec. 19.

Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell III said firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from the roof and attic area of the brewery.

“There was one of the high-temperature machines for beer production and the chimney had a loose joint in the attic,” Dunnell said.

Dunnell said the attic had insulation installed on Tuesday. He said the hot gasses in the machine could reach as high as 1400 degrees, and this escaping heat is what caused the new insulation around the chimney to start smoldering.

Fortunately, staff members of The Brewery at Four Star Farms smelled and saw the smoke, and recognized where it was coming from. They quickly called the Northfield Fire Department, and Dunnell said staff members worked to knock down initial flames using fire extinguishers before firefighters arrived.

“We noticed smoke at the brewery and called our local fire department for assistance,” L’Etoile said. “Within minutes, the Northfield Fire and EMS departments were at the brewery, and quickly got the situation under control and resolved.”

Because the area is outside of the fire hydrant zone, Dunnell said his department called in mutual aid, with tankers arriving from Erving, Bernardston and Hinsdale, N.H. Greenfield had a Rapid Intervention Team on scene, and Gill provided cover for the Northfield Fire Station.

The Brewery at Four Star Farms closed for the evening Wednesday, but planned to reopen Thursday. Regular hours for the brewery are Wednesday to Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.

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