Fire quelled at Cliffside Apartments in Sunderland – The Recorder

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 14, 2017 in Rat News | Subscribe

SUNDERLAND — A victim of smoke inhalation was rushed to the hospital Wednesday evening when flames broke out at Cliffside Apartments, 248 Amherst Road.

Sunderland Fire Captain Michael Zeoli said the fire was reported around 6:30 p.m., and firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from building M.

Firefighters from nearly ten neighboring towns smashed a front window, entered with charged hoselines, and quickly knocked down the flames. Thirty minutes later, thin black smoke could be seen drifting out of a third story window. Zeoli said one person was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

At a nearby rehabilitation station, soot-covered firefighters stripped off sweaty gear and relaxed in front of fans. Dozens of residents watched. A few stood in bathrobes.

Firefighters could be seen carrying a few pet rats, a cat, and a small dog from housing units 1-10. None of the animals were harmed, despite heavy smoke damage inside.

It’s not clear how many, if any, residents were displaced. Where the fire started, and what caused it, is still under investigation.

“A lot of times we have to cut a hole in the roof to let gasses out,” Zeoli said, looking up South Deerfield’s extended ladder truck. At the top, firefighters watched the roof for flareups. Some of the shingles were burned black.

By 7:20 p.m., firefighters had begun cleaning up, carrying in tarps to protect furniture and fans to clear smoke. An hour after that, firefighters from some towns began to depart.

Responding fire departments included Sunderland, Amherst, Montague Center, Deerfield, South Deerfield, Whately, Conway, Greenfield, Hadley and Leverett.

A representative from Eversource was on hand to cut power, and local police officers strung yellow tape around the scene. South County EMS, and an ambulance from Amherst Fire Department were also there. Route 116 was never closed to traffic.

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