Saturday, June 15, 2013

Fireground: Amherst Road Sunderland

 313 Amherst Road, Sunderland heavily involved in smoke and flames

WMECO kills power to the structure

(UPDATED morning after:  scroll down)

A fire broke out just after midnight at 313 Amherst Road, Sunderland and many FD units were still on the scene two hours later.  The two story wood structure, fortunately, seemed unoccupied at the time.

A Sunderland police officer was first on the scene and tried to quash the flames with a portable fire extinguisher but was driven from the house by ferocity of the fire.

At one point a horn bellowed as a signal for firefighters to get out of the building.  
Ladders used to help assist venting the roof
Adjacent garage used as elevated platform to pour water in though window

Fire Departments from Amherst, Hadley, Leverett, South Deerfield, Montague, and Greenfield converged on the scene to assist Sunderland FD who was first on the scene.

Many firefighters on scene

313 Amherst Road, Sunderland 6 bedrooms 

The Morning After:

Roof took a major beating


Anonymous said...

WWLP is reporting that the Everett
Fire Dept assisted (cause Amherst and Everett sound alike??? lol)

Anonymous said...

wwlp changed their story to indicate Leverett assisted Sunderland (Makes more sense than Everett!)
Still no mention that Amherst assisted as well

John C said...

Thanks for the great coverage of this, Larry. I made what appeared to have been the initial 911 call at 12:11am (dispatcher wasn't aware of the fire yet) and rushed over to flag down the first officer to arrive. The first engine was on scene with a few minutes, with other supporting departments close behind. It was great response by all emergency crews.

Larry Kelley said...

Yes, I heard either Amherst or Hadley around 12:15 dispatch an engine to a "confirmed structure fire." That's when I jumped in the car.

Anonymous said...

"jumped in the car" Thank goodness. Im sure the last thing emergency responders want is you chasing them around in town.. and now out of town... stick to politics... this news is good.. but to run outta the house at midnight and chase firetrucks...come on... You do make a cute badge bunny however.

Larry Kelley said...

I'm good at getting close enough for decent photos while staying out of the way of the first responders.

Never heard a complaint yet from an FD member (one or two from cops, but at the scene of a fire the FD is in charge).

Anonymous said...

Hey, Larry, somebody called you "cute"! Take it when you can get it!

Walter Graff said...

That house has strictly been a rental. I've watched them come and go in it. Been vacant a few weeks. It will need to be torn down now.

Anonymous said...

Walter is such a keen observer. Oddly so, in fact.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Larry hops on his bike or jumps in his car to let us know what is happening.

Local news (especially on the weekends) is nonexistant.

Larry Kelley said...

Yeah my standard snarky retort is if 9/11 had happened on a Saturday, we would have read about it on the front page of Tuesday's Gazette.

And we saw that last March with the disastrous "Blarney Blowout."

My coverage started at 11:00 AM on Saturday, and by the time the Gazette caught up with the story in their Tuesday edition, I already had over 30,000 hits.