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Amherst family displaced in Leverett Road house fire

  • Amherst firefighters make a vent in the roof while battling a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.JERREY ROBERTS

    Amherst firefighters make a vent in the roof while battling a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.
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  • Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.
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  • Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.
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  • Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.
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  • Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.
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  • Officials from the Amherst Fire Department and the State Fire Marshals office gathered Tuesday at 141 Leverett Rd. in Amherst where a house fire the night before displaced a family of five.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Officials from the Amherst Fire Department and the State Fire Marshals office gathered Tuesday at 141 Leverett Rd. in Amherst where a house fire the night before displaced a family of five.
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  • Officials from the Amherst Fire Department and the State Fire Marshals office on Tuesday look through the garage at 141 Leverett Rd. in Amherst where a house fire the night before displaced a family of five.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Officials from the Amherst Fire Department and the State Fire Marshals office on Tuesday look through the garage at 141 Leverett Rd. in Amherst where a house fire the night before displaced a family of five.
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  • Amherst firefighters make a vent in the roof while battling a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Amherst firefighters battle a blaze Monday night at 141 Leverett Road in Amherst.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Officials from the Amherst Fire Department and the State Fire Marshals office gathered Tuesday at 141 Leverett Rd. in Amherst where a house fire the night before displaced a family of five.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Officials from the Amherst Fire Department and the State Fire Marshals office on Tuesday look through the garage at 141 Leverett Rd. in Amherst where a house fire the night before displaced a family of five.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

AMHERST — A family of five was displaced by a fire that caused heavy damage to most of their Leverett Road home Monday evening.

Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said firefighters were dispatched around 5:13 p.m. to 141 Leverett Road. He said the garage was engulfed in flames when they got there and the fire had already spread to the main floor and attic area of the split-level home.

“My guess is it’s close to a total loss. It’s significant,” Nelson said.

Two vehicles parked in the garage were also destroyed in the fire, Nelson said.

The house, which shares a driveway with an adjacent residence at 137 Leverett Road, is owned by Alexey and Svetlana Peshkov, according to town property records.

Several Amherst Fire Department engines, rescue vehicles and ambulances lined the road as 30 to 40 firefighters attempted to contain the blaze. Northampton and Belchertown fire departments provided mutual aid.

One female occupant of the home, who discovered the fire and got too close to it, suffered a minor burn to her ear and was treated by paramedics at the scene, Nelson said.

No other injuries were reported and no pets were in the residence, Nelson said.

Firefighters got to the scene only five minutes after the fire was reported, but couldn’t do much to slow down the blaze.

“The fire had a really good start on us,” Nelson said.

To handle the firefighting, officials closed the street in Amherst at East Leverett Road and in Leverett at the intersection of Juggler Meadow Road and Amherst Road. The road was closed until well after 11 p.m.

Though the night was cold, the challenge for firefighters was hooking up to a hydrant.

“We had a good distance to a fire hydrant,” Nelson said. “There aren’t many along Leverett Road.”

Because the home is set up on an embankment, a lot of the water used to fight the fire flowed into the road, causing the travel lanes to ice over. Nelson said the Department of Public Works was on scene to spread sand before the road reopened.

Nelson said the fire doesn’t appear to be suspicious, but an investigation will commence today. “Our guys will be back first thing in the morning to look,” he said.

He expects to have assistance from the state fire marshal’s office.

Nelson said the Red Cross is providing assistance, including shelter and clothing, to the two adults and three children displaced by the fire.

This, Nelson said, was the first significant house fire in his tenure as fire chief, which began in March 2010.

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