9 Departments work to save Conway home from fire
CONWAY - Crackling sounds in a cavity behind the wood stove caught the attention of the owner of this house on Main Poland Road in Conway early this morning. Reports from the scene indicate that the homeowner attempted to put out the fire while waiting for area fire departments to arrive. The first arriving company from Conway found heavy smoke coming from the structure and mounted an interior attack. They made it up to the second floor when the ceiling above them started to collapse. Blasts from the air horns on their attack pumper summoned the firefighters to evacuate the building. Shortly thereafter, the fire erupted through the roof of this 2 year old house.
Goshen firefighters initially responded to a mutual aid request at approximately 1:30AM from Conway Fire for the Hampshire County Air Truck. While traveling to the scene, another call went out for Goshen to respond with our tanker to provide needed water to the fire scene. They were joined by departments from Ashfield, South Deerfield, Deerfield, Shelburne, Buckland, Whately and Williamsburg.
Members of the Ashfield Fire Department hose down the "A" side of the house on Main Poland Road in Conway.
Conway firefighters pour water into the second floor of the "D" side of the building while standing on the roof of the breezeway between the main house and the garage. Notice the peak of the roof at the back of the house to the right of the firefighters.
Goshen Deputy Chief Rick Clark prepares to climb into 56 Tanker 1 driven by Captain Steve Mollison after dumping 2,000 gallons of water into a dump tank located at the end of the driveway at Main Poland Road in Conway.
Members of the Ashfield Fire Department keep a steady stream of water on the front of the building. Temperatures in the low 'teens did not cause problems for the 8 responding mutual aid departments.
(February 9, 2007)