Fire displaces 3 families; 3 pets lost

  • Eight fire departments assisted the Athol Fire Department in containing this fire at a multi-family home on Green Street in Athol on Monday. COURTESY Photo/ATHOL FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • Eight fire departments assisted the Athol Fire Department in containing this fire at a multi-family home on Green Street in Athol on Monday. COURTESY Photo/ATHOL FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • A fire at this multi-family home on Green Street in Athol Monday night displaced three families and claimed the lives of three pets. One of the four units was unoccupied. Staff Photo/GREG VINE

Staff Writer
Published: 1/28/2020 5:08:10 PM

ATHOL — A fire at 51 Green St. Monday night displaced three families and claimed the lives of a dog and two cats. Another dog and two other cats were rescued.

Athol Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Parker said the multi-family home sustained heavy damage from the fire, which was reported just before 5:30 p.m. Parker said the fire apparently was started by oil in a pan on the stove in one of the building’s first-floor units. The scene was cleared at 9:30 p.m.

“The fire on the stove blew out a window at the back of the building,” he said. “Then it spread to the deck and up the outer walls and into the attic.”

Two units on the left side of the building were heavily damaged by the fire, while the other two units, one of which was unoccupied, sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

Parker said the interior of the structure will need to be gutted if the owner plans to renovate the apartments. The rear deck will also need to be replaced. He said the building itself seems to be in good shape, despite the damage.

No dollar estimate on the amount of damage was immediately available.

“A good job was done by all of the crews who responded,” Parker said. “They got in fast and knocked down the fire pretty quickly, and vented the roof.”

Firefighters from Barre, Gardner, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Templeton and Royalston provided mutual aid. Parker said somewhere between 35 and 45 firefighters responded. The Athol Police Department and Wood’s Ambulance of Gardner also assisted.

The Salvation Army in Athol assisted a family of four to find alternative shelter, while a second family made accommodations on their own. The Worcester office of the American Red Cross found shelter for the third family Tuesday morning.




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