Holyoke firefighters battle blaze at abandoned Mount Tom ski lodge

Staff Writer
Published: 2/24/2020 12:01:35 AM

HOLYOKE — Firefighters successfully battled a fire at the abandoned Mount Tom ski area late Sunday night that sent one firefighter to the hospital.

Holyoke Fire Lt. Michael Boucher said the firefighter who was injured was taken to Holyoke Medical Center. He was released with minor injuries.

Boucher said the department were called to the scene at 6:40 p.m. He said the fire was phoned in by hikers in the area, and that when firefighters arrived they found that the fire had overtaken the old main ski lodge.

“The fire’s been challenging,” said Boucher, who noted the lack of fire hydrants at the site.

He said the department had to use the fire hydrant system at an apartment complex below the resort and transport water up to it.

“Back and forth all night long,” he said.

Boucher said that most of the fire was extinguished by 9:30 p.m. but that two crews stayed up there for most of the night in case hot spots flared up.

Boucher said the department’s fire investigation unit is investigating the cause of the fire, and that it is considered suspicious. He also said that no other fire departments were called in to fight the fire.

Boucher said that, counting Sunday’s fire, there have been at least four fires at the abandoned resort in the last 10 years. He also said that the area being abandoned “opens it up for a lot of things that shouldn’t go on.”

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.


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