Vehicle fire temporarily closes Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls

  • The Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls was temporarily closed Friday morning due to an overnight vehicle fire. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The Iron Bridge in Shelburne Falls was temporarily closed Friday morning due to an overnight vehicle fire. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Firefighting foam remains on the Iron Bridge Friday morning after an overnight vehicle fire temporarily closed the bridge in Shelburne Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 7/29/2022 11:27:39 AM
Modified: 7/29/2022 11:24:36 AM

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Iron Bridge was briefly closed to traffic Friday morning following an overnight vehicle fire, but reopened at 10 a.m. after an inspection found no structural damage.

At approximately 1:09 a.m., the Shelburne Falls Fire District was dispatched to the bridge for a report of a burning vehicle. Firefighters discovered a burning 2011 Chevrolet Express van, and knocked down the fire in 30 minutes, according to Fire Chief Herb Guyette. No injuries to the van’s driver or firefighters were reported.

“It was pretty far gone,” he said of the van. “It was not drivable or usable again.”

Guyette said he and his volunteer department were on scene in eight minutes and quickly quelled the fire. They cleared the scene at 3:15 a.m.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) closed the bridge for inspections following the fire. With the main artery of the village closed, drivers were detoured to Route 2, according to the Buckland Police Department’s Facebook page.

A follow-up post said MassDOT’s inspection found no structural damage to the bridge and it was reopened to the public shortly after 10 a.m.

Guyette said the Iron Bridge was closed “as a precaution due to the age of the bridge,” as MassDOT officials surveyed the scene.

In his 20 years of service with the Shelburne Falls Fire District, he said he’s never seen a fire on the Iron Bridge.

“There’s nothing I can remember,” Guyette said.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.


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