11 departments respond to fire at sand, gravel pit in Sunderland

  • Firefighters from 11 departments responded to a fire early Monday morning in Sunderland. RECORDER STAFF/JOSHUA SOLOMON

For the Bulletin
Thursday, May 10, 2018

SUNDERLAND — A minor fire at Delta Sand and Gravel on Route 116 Monday morning brought a response from 11 fire departments.

The fire, which was about 2,400 feet from the closest source of water and therefore required Sunderland Fire Department to call in mutual aid, was extinguished in about 15 minutes, Sunderland Fire Chief Steve Benjamin said in a statement.

A large metal structure was first reported to be on fire and called in to police around 9:40 a.m., according to Sunderland Police Chief Erik Demetropoulos.

Smoke billowing from the metal structure could be seen from Route 116. The building does not house any employees, Demetropolous noted. Within half an hour the smoke had diminished. By 11 a.m. fire crews started to leave, Benjamin said.

There are no reported injuries, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

In addition to the Sunderland Police Department, fire departments from Amherst, Whately, South Deerfield, Hadley, Conway, Old Deerfield, Leverett, Montague Center, Greenfield and Orange all responded to the scene. South County EMS also responded to the fire.