Leverett fire severely damages barn

  • Firefighters inspect the second story of a barn at 82 Long Hill Road in Leverett that caught fire on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • Firefighters inspect the second story of a barn at 82 Long Hill Road in Leverett that caught fire on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • Firefighters from six towns responded to a barn fire at 82 Long Hill Road in Leverett on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • Firefighters from six towns responded to a barn fire at 82 Long Hill Road in Leverett on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/SHELBY ASHLINE

Staff Writer
Published: 5/27/2020 11:38:44 AM

LEVERETT – A two-alarm fire at 82 Long Hill Road Tuesday evening severely damaged a two-story barn, but no animals were injured.

According to Leverett Fire Chief John Ingram, firefighters from six departments responded after the call came in at around 6:45 p.m. Upon arrival, they saw flames protruding from the back side of the barn.

The animals that usually reside in the barn – two horses and some chickens – were outside when the fire occurred, Ingram said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fighting the fire proved challenging as it was fueled by 50 to 100 bales of hay in the loft.

“We don’t want to put firefighters up there because of the weight of the water,” Ingram said shortly before 9 p.m. He explained he was concerned the floor might collapse.

Instead, firefighters used a chainsaw to open up the barn and douse the hay.

“It takes a lot of work to try to get in there,” he said.

Additionally, because there are no fire hydrants in town, Ingram said water was trucked in from Leverett Pond. The fire trucks cycled in and out, looping around on the long dirt road, which had “Road Closed” signs at the end.

The homeowners also were not harmed, Ingram said, with the fire not threatening the adjacent two-story house. He was unsure whether they have insurance or what might have been lost in the blaze.

Because of the excessive heat, Ingram said an ambulance from Amherst was called in to monitor the firefighters. Firefighters from Leverett, Shutesbury, Turners Falls, Montague Center, Sunderland and Amherst fire departments responded, as well as police from Leverett and Shutesbury.




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