Crews respond to structure fire on King Street in Hatfield

Crews respond to structure fire on King Street in Hatfield
Published: Dec. 18, 2022 at 2:17 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 19, 2022 at 7:07 PM EST
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HATFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - Crews responded to King Street in Hatfield Sunday afternoon for reports of a structure fire.

According to Hatfield Fire, they received the call around 1:35 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Hatfield crews were joined by Whately Fire, Northampton Fire Rescue, and South Deerfield Fire while Hadley provided station coverage for Hatfield.

On scene, crews said that they saw heavy smoke coming from the roof line.

Hatfield Fire Chief Robert Flaherty told Western Mass News that they saw the first floor fully involved when they arrived on scene.

“Upon arrival we had fire on the first floor, on the front of the building, and also to the right side of the building,” Chief Flaherty said.

Officials added that an interior attack on the fire was considered, but due to deteriorating conditions of the front floor porch’s roof, they decided against it.

According to Flaherty, part of the second floor collapsed into the first floor, making the fire difficult to extinguish. They were able to utilize Northampton Fire Rescue’s aerial to elevate streaming operations.

An excavator was also called to the scene to establish that the structure was safe enough for crews to enter in order to access remaining hot spots.

The fire was put out after several hours.

The resident was not in the home when the fire took place, and no injuries have been reported.

The cause is unknown at this time and is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.