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Richmond Cottage Destroyed by Fire

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Firefighters prepare to enter the smoky Sullivan School.
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The cafetorium where the largest fire was set. Seen in February, the room was being used for storage.
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A firefighter breaks a window to release smoke.
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Note the four fire extinguishers. It's not known where they came from.
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Smoke spreads through the parking lot.
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Firefighters worked in teams inside the building to track down and douse multiple fires.
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Burnt materials pulled out of the cafetorium.

RICHMOND, Mass. — With Thursday's high winds, it wasn't a good day to do any outside burning but apparently, one Richmond resident didn't think so — with terrible results.

Police Officer Tom Grizzy said volunteer firefighters from Richmond, Hancock, West Stockbridge and Canaan, N.Y., responded to the 1 p.m. call after sparks from a controlled burn landed on an abandoned cottage on Richmond Shores.

The cottage was totally destroyed by the blaze. After the fire was knocked down, a backhoe was brought in to level the smoldering ruins. Police said action against the neighbor who decided burn yard waste in high winds may be pending.

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