Home About Archives RSS Feed

Lanesborough Shed Explodes; Firefighters Prevent Forest Fire

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
image description
Firefighters called in tankers from Richmond and Hancock to help prevent the blaze from turning into a massive forest fire.
image description
A small boat next to the shed was destroyed.
image description
The remains of the shed, which housed typical outdoor equipment.

A propane tank exploded inside the shed sparking the fire.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A shed behind a Potter Mountain home exploded Friday afternoon and nearly spread to a full-blown brush fire.
 
According to the homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, his wife heard a loud bang at about 3 p.m. and moments later flames in the back yard had engulfed the nearby trees. The shed was completely destroyed and fire burned about an acre of land. 
 
"The flames were over the trees," he said.
 
Upon arriving, firefighters immediately called in tanker trucks from Hancock and Richmond to contain the fire from spreading up the Potter Mountain hillside, according to Fire Chief Charlie Durfee.
 
The state Department of Conservation and Recreation was called because of the "Class 4" conditions, meaning there is a high-level risk for brush fires.
 
"We were preventing the fire from spreading to a full-blown brush fire," Durfee said. "It could have taken off and burned 200 acres up the mountain."
 
Firefighters used about 4,000 gallons of water to put out the flames in about 30 minutes. Employees of nearby Sayers Auto Wrecking helped remove brush near the fire.
 
"The cause of the explosion is likely from a 1-pound propane cylinder for a grill," Durfee said, explaining that sometimes the propane expands and blows up the cylinder. 
 
Durfee said that type of explosion doesn't happen often but he was "just thankful the propane was out in the shed and not in the garage."
 
Nobody was injured. The shed housed typical outdoor items like fences and toys. A boat next to the shed was also destroyed.
 
The homeowner said he does have insurance, which will cover the replacement cost. 
 
"I have to give credit to Lanesborough and Richmond. They did a fabulous job," he said. "They knocked it down really quickly."
0 Comments
     

Support Local News

We show up at hurricanes, budget meetings, high school games, accidents, fires and community events. We show up at celebrations and tragedies and everything in between. We show up so our readers can learn about pivotal events that affect their communities and their lives.

How important is local news to you? You can support independent, unbiased journalism and help iBerkshires grow for as a little as the cost of a cup of coffee a week.

News Headlines
PCTV Documentary Finds Pittsfield Parade Dates Back to 1801
Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
Rep. Mark, Panel Push County Residents to Be Counted in Federal Census
Bennington Museum Opens its Doors
'The Sunshine Boys': 'All the Men & Women Merely Players'
Williamstown Select Board Moves Toward Establishing Racial Justice Advisory Group
Cheshire's Trail Tenting Site Nearly Ready
Pittsfield Recognizes Boys Who Tried to Help Swimmer
Three Berkshire Museums Set to Reopen July 11-12
Massachusetts Moves Into Phase 3; Gyms, Museums Can Open

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 (92)
Alford (0)
Becket (8)
Cheshire (23)
Clarksburg (41)
Dalton (6)
Egremont (2)
Florida (9)
Great Barrington (34)
Hancock (5)
Hinsdale (5)
Lanesborough (31)
Lee (14)
Lenox (11)
Monterey (0)
Mount Washington (1)
New Ashford (5)
New Marlborough (2)
North Adams (242)
Otis (2)
Peru (3)
Pittsfield (316)
Pownal (16)
Readsboro (17)
Richmond (10)
Sandisfield (5)
Savoy (5)
Sheffield (5)
Stamford (31)
State (1)
Stockbridge (6)
Tyringham (1)
Washington (1)
West Stockbridge (1)
Williamstown (80)
Windsor (3)
Archives:
June 2020 (5)
May 2020 (8)
April 2020 (3)
March 2020 (6)
February 2020 (7)
January 2020 (7)
December 2019 (13)
November 2019 (3)
October 2019 (9)
September 2019 (6)
August 2019 (13)
July 2019 (16)
Tags:
Mvi Break-ins Search Heroin Fatal Stabbing Missing Persons Structure Fire Larceny Vehicle Murder Fraud Homicide Police Investigation Drugs Armed Robbery Crime Watch Assault Injuries Rape Assaults Motor Vehicle Burglary Firearms Veremko Accident Motor Vehicle Accident Pedestrians Search & Rescue Shooting Hit & Run Fire Robbery Drug Charges Motorcycles
Popular Entries:
Great Barrington Crashes Leave Two Dead
North Adams Woman Killed in Route 2 Crash
Man Killed by Bull in Clarksburg
Clarksburg Talks Burglary
Clarksburg Selectman Responds
North Adams Man Arraigned On Charges Of Animal Cruelty; Pleads Not Guilty
North Adams Man Crashes SUV Into Home
Kincaid Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Rape
Fatal Accident Closes Route 8 in Adams
Drug Ring King Sentenced to Cedar Junction
Recent Entries:
Silver Lake Fatality Identified as Pittsfield Man
Pittsfield Jogger Struck by SUV, Taken to Baystate
Two Area Residents Being Charged in Alleged Fraud Ring
Pittsfield Police Make Arrest in Friday Shooting
No One Injured in Williamstown Barn Fire
Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on BHS Burglars
Pittsfield Police Investigating 2 Shooting Incidents
Adams Police Charging Man in Underage Drinking Party
Great Barrington Traffic Stop Uncovers 748 Bags of Heroin
Pittsfield Arrest Man