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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A single-family home was saved Tuesday night by a joint effort of the Clarksburg and North Adams fire departments.
The departments were able to quickly snuff out the structure fire at 72 Farview Heights Road, near the border between the two communities.
Clarksburg Fire Chief Carlyle "Chipper" Chesbro Jr. said the call initially went to North Adams, which was the first to respond to Tuesday night at 8.
"North Adams did a great job getting up here and knocking it down for us," Chesbro said. "Then we came in with our engine and tanker and assisted."
North Adams Fire Director Stephen Meranti said he was first on the scene and was quickly able to find the source of the fire in the garage.
"We had smoke coming out of the first-floor front door," he said. "We pulled in a hand line and attacked the fire in the basement while we had a second line on the first floor. At that point, Clarksburg arrived and they stretched a backup line."
Chesbro said Clarksburg came on the scene with a tanker because there was not an available hydrant.
Meranti said they were able to knock down the fire immediately before it caused serious damage.
"It was knocked down within minutes upon our arrival but the house was still full of smoke so you couldn't see your hand in front of your face," he said.
Chesbro said the family was out of the house when firefighters arrived and were able to provide information immediately.
Although there is no serious structural damage, he said the family was advised to stay somewhere else for the time being.
There was some concern about the family's pet cat that escaped the blaze but was nowhere to be seen, but North Adams firefighter Alan Richer was able to find it.
Chesbro said the cause of the fire is under investigation but it did not look suspicious.
Meranti said North Adams Ambulance and Police as well as Clarksburg Police responded.
"It was good team work by everybody, and everyone worked well together," Meranti said. "It is a good example of two departments working together."
Tractor-Trailer Misses Hairpin Turn
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A tractor-trailer truck nearly took a dangerous shortcut to the city on Wednesday afternoon after crashing over the guardrail at the Hairpin Turn.
The tractor-trailer truck, hauling an Expedited Transport trailer, failed to navigate the notoriously difficult turn as it was descending the steep Mohawk Trail at about 2 p.m.
It slid into and over the guardrail near the old overlook, its front tires dangling over the edge.
The driver was able to exit the cab and was uninjured, according to police.
Clarksburg Fire Department and North Adams Ambulance responded to the scene, and North Adams Police directed traffic around the scene. The very point of the Hairpin Turn, where the Golden Eagle Restaurant is located, is in Clarksburg.
Traffic was closed to one lane until Dean's Towing showed up to pull the tractor-trailer safely back onto the road.
Two-Car Accident at Clarksburg Intersection
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Four people escaped serious injury Thursday after another accident at the dangerous intersection at Route 8 (River Road) and Henderson Road.
The crash occurred shortly after 11 a.m. when a northbound late model Ford sport utility vehicle collided with a red Chevrolet pickup truck exiting from Henderson Road.
There were three people in the Ford, the driver, another adult and a child; the pickup contained only the driver. No one was injured.
According to Police Chief Michael Williams, the driver of the pickup had stopped at the stop sign and had checked for traffic before crossing Route 8 toward Middle Road.
The Ford was unable to stop in time and clipped the rear of th3 pickup on the driver's side. Williams said there was no indication that speed was a factor in the crash, but rather the configuration of the intersection, which has seen a number of accidents.
Drivers exiting from Henderson Road have a difficult time seeing northbound traffic because of the highway's higher grade to the south and a banking that obstructs the view. Motorists heading north often can't see any traffic until they begin the descent a few hundred feet from the intersection.
The town has complained to the state Department of Transportation a number of times about the intersection, which has had at least one fatal in recent years.
Williams said it appeared the driver of the Ford, from Lanesborough, was unfamiliar with the roadway and was doing at or about the 45 mph speed limit as she approached the intersection. She apparently hit her brakes, because he estimated the impact at about 20 mph.
No one was cited in the accident.
The Ford sustained damage to its front end and the driver's side front fender; it was towed from the scene by Cariddi Auto; the pickup, which sustained damage to the rear of its bed, was able to drive away.
Traffic was slowed but not detoured; Clarksburg Fire Department and North Adams Ambulance responded, state police assisted with traffic.