Multiple area fire departments respond to blaze in South Deerfield office building

  • Firefighters remove debris from 135 Greenfield Road, the scene of an early morning fire Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

For the Bulletin
Thursday, April 27, 2017

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Emergency crews were called to Routes 5 and 10 for reports of a fire at the Mill Village Professional Building Tuesday about 30 minutes after midnight April 18.

“We had a working fire on the south side of the building. It was fully involved and extended into the interior,” said South Deerfield Fire Chief Bill Swasey, standing outside 135 Greenfield Road as fire crews took off gear and picked up equipment near a half-dozen idling fire trucks.

The emergency call went out just after 12:30 a.m. By 1:15 a.m., firefighters had contained the fire and stopped its spread before it reached the second floor. Swasey said there was no one in the building at the time, which is primarily office space.

As for why the fire started, Swasey said it’s too early to tell, noting that it’s under investigation, and, “preliminarily, it started outside.”

Around 1:30 a.m., about a dozen firefighters could be seen carrying charred debris out of a blackened section of the building. Above, a firefighter worked from an extended ladder.