Hatfield farm garage, workshop collapses after fire

  • Fire crews on the scene of a detached garage fire on a farm in Hatfield, May 23, 2019. COURTESY HATFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Published: 5/24/2019 9:04:59 AM

HATFIELD – A large garage and mechanic’s workshop caught fire on a Hatfield farm late Thursday night.

The fire department received the call at 10:21 p.m., Fire Chief Stephen P. Gaughan said, and had an engine with five firefighters on the scene at 8 Maple St. in six minutes.

The four-bay detached garage, which had a second floor, sustained heavy damage, Gaughan said. The flames from the fire came within 60 feet of the nearest residence and burned down a tree. There were no injuries and none of the homes nearby were damaged.

“If there had been wind, it would have been a much different story,” Gaughan said.

The fire is being investigated as accidental, according to Jennifer Mieth, public information officer with the state fire marshal’s office. Meith said investigators can’t rule out that it was an electrical fire, and they’re also trying to determine if a lightning strike from storms in the area could have caused the fire.

Mieth said that because the garage collapsed, it’s more difficult for officials to determine the cause of the fire.

The fire, which was active for about 45 minutes, according to Gaughan, was under control before a thunderstorm hit the area.

Hatfield sent three fire engines, a tanker, and 15 firefighters to the scene, and Whatley also sent one engine and four firefighters. Crews worked until 1:55 a.m. overhauling the scene with an excavator, Gaughan said.


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