Home About Archives RSS Feed

Fire Forces Family From Williamstown Home

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
image description
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A smoky fire forced a local family to flee their 40 Oblong Road home on Monday.

The fire was reported at about 4 p.m. by homeowner Heather Williams. Fire Chief Craig Pedercini said it took about half hour to 45 minutes to contain the blaze, which started near a woodstove in the living room.

"We had to take some ceiling down on the second floor because the fire got up through the walls and into the ceiling and spread across," said Pedercini, who added that firefighters did what they could to minimize the damage. "We covered up as much as we could [with tarps] ... when you've got a little bit of time on your side you can do that and save as much property as you can."


Firefighters inspect the woodstove, suspected in causing the smoky fire at 40 Oblong Road on Monday.
Pedercini said the house also suffered water damage and holes had to be chopped into the roof to get at hotspots; the wall above the woodstove was "busted through."  While he left any damage estimates up to the homeowners' insurance company, he thought the house was repairable.

Williams, a member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, said she saw smoke was coming out of the light fixtures and the smoke alarms went off. She called 911 then left the two-story home with her two children and the family dog. Her husband, Pat Dunlavey, was not home at the time.

Pedercini said the fire is under investigation and that he couldn't rule out electrical causes, but the woodstove likely "was involved."

There were no injuries. The tanker was parked at Oblong and Torrey Woods Road — "We got a good water supply fairly quickly," said Pedercini. Clarksburg Fire Department sent an airtruck and covered the station; Pownal, Vt., firefighters were on scene with a truck. Village Ambulance also responded.

Williams said the family would stay with friends and that preparations were being made to tarp the house.
5 Comments
     
News Headlines
SVMC OB/GYNs to Appear on WAMC's Medical Monday
Final Steel Beam Placed On New Taconic High School Structure
'Travel Photography for Everyone' Begins Jan. 25
SVMC Helping Train Paramedic Students Learn to Intubate
Williamstown Ambulance Service in Dire Straits, Seeks Town Funding
Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Main Street Hotel Permits
MountainOne Unifies Branding of Divisions
United Way, Habitat For Humanity Launch Free Tax Prep Program
Adams Selectmen Vote to Euthanize Dangerous Dog
Lanesborough Ambulance Presents Options For Stability

Police Logs

Pittsfield Police

North Adams

Crimewatch Links

North Adams CrimeWatch

Stamford/Clarksburg CrimeWatch

Pittsfield CrimeWatch

Emergency: 911
Adams 413-743-1212
Clarksburg 413-663-7795
Cheshire 413-743-1501
Dalton 413-684-0300
Great Barrington 413-528-0306
Lanesborough 413-443-4107
Lee 413-243-2100
Lenox 413-637-2346
North Adams 413-664-4944
Pittsfield 413-448-9700
Richmond 413-698-3315
Stockbridge 413-298-4179
Williamstown 413-458-5733
West Stockbridge 413-232-7938
State Police  
Cheshire Barracks
413-743-
4700
Lee Barracks 413-243-0600
Shaftsbury, Vt., Barracks 802-442-3263

 



Categories:
Adams (55)
Alford (0)
Becket (6)
Cheshire (14)
Clarksburg (31)
Dalton (5)
Egremont (0)
Florida (5)
Great Barrington (18)
Hancock (5)
Hinsdale (3)
Lanesborough (22)
Lee (12)
Lenox (11)
Monterey (0)
Mount Washington (0)
New Ashford (5)
New Marlborough (1)
North Adams (183)
Otis (2)
Peru (2)
Pittsfield (201)
Pownal (12)
Readsboro (13)
Richmond (8)
Sandisfield (2)
Savoy (5)
Sheffield (2)
Stamford (29)
State (1)
Stockbridge (5)
Tyringham (1)
Washington (1)
West Stockbridge (1)
Williamstown (65)
Windsor (3)
Archives:
January 2017 (3)
December 2016 (17)
November 2016 (6)
October 2016 (13)
September 2016 (15)
August 2016 (20)
July 2016 (13)
June 2016 (12)
May 2016 (1)
Tags:
Mvi Robbery Search Fraud Cocaine Homicide Arrest Crash Missing Persons Accident Police Drugs Larceny Pedestrians Assaults Structure Fire Veremko Motor Vehicle Accident Buglaries Assault Drug Charges Fatal Murder Heroin Rape Shooting Crime Watch Motor Vehicle Fire Armed Robbery Vehicle Break-ins Police Investigation Injuries Stabbing
Popular Entries:
Great Barrington Crashes Leave Two Dead
North Adams Woman Killed in Route 2 Crash
North Adams Man Crashes SUV Into Home
Man Killed by Bull in Clarksburg
North Adams Man Arraigned on Child Porn Charges
Kincaid Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Rape
Cariddi Auto Sales Burns
Fatal Accident Closes Route 8 in Adams
Donations Reach State Road Fire Victims
New Ashford Crash Turns Fatal for Williamstown Man
Recent Entries:
No Serious Injuries in Hoosac Valley Bus, Tractor-Trailer Accident
Multiple Towns Battle Blaze in Pittsfield Apartment Building
Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 9 - Jan. 12
Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 28
Former Pittsfield Officer Coco Now Facing Larceny, Identity Theft Charges
Pittsfield Fire Knocks Down Blaze On East Street
Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 19 - Dec. 23
Sprinkler System Break Briefly Closes North Adams' Tractor Supply
Electrical Fire at North Adams Stop & Shop Forces Evacuation
Adams McDonald's Closed Tuesday Night by Roof Fire