Ashfield blaze causes extensive damage to house, barn

  • A house fire in Ashfield, which started at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday night, caused extensive damage to the home and required to assistance of several fire departments. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • A house fire in Ashfield, which started at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday night, caused extensive damage to the home and required to assistance of several fire departments. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • A house fire in Ashfield, which started at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday night, caused extensive damage to the home and required to assistance of several fire departments. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • A house fire in Ashfield, which started at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday night, caused extensive damage to the home and required to assistance of several fire departments. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • A house fire in Ashfield, which started at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday night, caused extensive damage to the home and required to assistance of several fire departments. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • A house fire in Ashfield, which started at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday night, caused extensive damage to the home and required to assistance of several fire departments. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • A house fire in Ashfield, which started at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday night, caused extensive damage to the home and required to assistance of several fire departments. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • A house fire in Ashfield, which started at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday night, caused extensive damage to the home and required to assistance of several fire departments. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • A house fire in Ashfield, which started at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday night, caused extensive damage to the home and required to assistance of several fire departments. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

  • A house fire in Ashfield, which started at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday night, caused extensive damage to the home and required to assistance of several fire departments. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

Staff Writer
Published: 11/8/2019 11:03:44 PM

ASHFIELD — A house fire at 314 Norton Hill Road, which caused extensive damage and burned down a barn next to the home Friday night, saw several departments called to battle the blaze in sub-freezing temperatures.

“The owner and the animals that were in the house are safe,” said Ashfield Police Officer Michael Gralenski.

The homeowner, Joan Arsenault, was safe with neighbors, Gralenski said.

While first responders are still uncertain what the true cause of the fire was, Gralenski said it may have been woodstove-related.

Hawley Fire Chief Greg Cox, who’s department assisted at the scene, said the fire may actually have started in the barn.

The barn had burned down, and caused damage to vehicles that were located behind the main house by 9:30 p.m. Friday night. Cox said his department received the call at approximately 7:55 p.m.

After more than an hour and a half, smoke continued to billow out of the top floor and attic of the home. As firefighters continued to battle the flames, tanker trucks from Ashfield and Plainfield continuously took trips to Ashfield Lake to pump water and bring it back to the scene.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 264.


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