1 dies in Orange house fire, another injured

  • Early morning fire on West Main Street in Orange left one dead, one injured. MIKE PHILLIPS

  • One person died in an early morning fire in Orange. MIKE PHILLIPS

  • One person died in an early morning fire in Orange. MIKE PHILLIPS

  • The back half of the 43 West Main St. was destroyed following a fire to the home in Orange that took the life of one and injured another Friday morning. Staff Photo/Joshua Solomon

  • Firefighters scale the Turners Falls Fire Department’s ladder truck to help put out a fire to the 43 West Main St. home in Orange that took the life of one and injured another Friday morning. Staff Photo/Joshua Solomon

  • Orange Firefighters worked on putting out the fire to the 43 West Main St. home in Orange that took the life of one and injured another Friday morning. Staff Photo/Joshua Solomon

  • A fire that destroyed a house on West Main Street Friday morning left one person dead and another injured. MIKE PHILLIPS

Staff Writer
Published: 10/19/2018 3:47:22 PM

ORANGE — One person is dead from a fire at a West Main Street home Friday morning, according to Orange Fire Chief James Young.  

Another person was sent to Athol Hospital, conscious and alert, with injuries from the fire. 

Officials declined to identify the victims at press time.

When fire crews arrived at 43 West Main St., just a block from the center of town, just after 8 a.m., they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the 1½-story, white, wood-frame house. The fire was coming from the first floor and worked its way up, Young said. 

After about two hours of work, several fire crews continued to work to put out pockets of fire on the chilly morning that saw one of the first overnight frosts of the season. 

The home, which was built in 1850 and was assessed at about $63,000 by the Orange building inspector, was essentially destroyed by the fire. 

Sitting next to this home is the boarded up a 39 West Main St. building, which suffered a fire this past March. 

Several fire departments went to the fire, including from Orange, Athol, Warwick, Royalston, Greenfield, Turners Falls, New Salem and Northfield. Shutesbury Fire Department assisted. Wood’s Ambulance brought the innjured person to the hospital. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office were expected to be called in.

West Main Street was closed off from the Honest Weight Brewery toward the center of town, with billowing smoke that could be seen down Route 2A, heading into town. The street was closed for most of the morning, with a detour rerouting incoming traffic from Route 2A.

 

 

 


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