Thursday May 23, 2013

WHITINGHAM -- A Monday afternoon fire left a five-person family without a home, though luckily no one was injured.

A fire was called in by a passerby and the home was fully involved before the Whitingham Fire Department arrived at the scene on Poverty Row.

"It was a pretty hot, sunny day. The sun was really hot. And (the fire) was in an area in town where there was no water supply," said Whitingham Fire Department Chief Stanley Janovsky. "There was 3,000 feet of supply line between Whitingham and Mutual Aid. We pumped water from the dry hydrant at Donald Boyd’s house. Once water supply was established, it was brought quickly under control and we never ran out of water."

The family of five was all out of the house that was burning. They were not on the property when emergency responders arrived.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Janovsky said the department hasn’t yet received a report from the fire marshals, who were at the scene on Tuesday.

The fire was called in at 2:32 p.m. Firefighters were at the scene three minutes later. The scene was cleared at 9:19 p.m. One firefighter stayed at the scene through the night to check for hot spots.

After the arrival of the Whitingham Fire Department’s second engine, there was a second alarm, which brought the Readsboro Fire Department and Wilmington Fire Department to the scene.

Halifax Fire Department, Heath, Mass.


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, Fire Department and Rowe, Mass., Fire Department covered the stations sent to the fire.

"The firemen did an absolutely perfect job," said Janovsky. "Everything went really smoothly. I also want to thank Deerfield Valley Rescue for covering with the ambulance at the scene."

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.