Barn fire in Belchertown, mutual aid called to the scene

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Firefighters were called to a barn fire in Belchertown on New Year's Eve morning Sunday that ended up claiming the lives of a number of chickens and ducks that were housed inside.

Belchertown Fire Chief Ted Bock told Western Mass News when they arrived on scene the barn was already engulfed in flames. This was at 180 North Street.

"It was originally reported by a caller on Rt. 9 who saw the flames through the woods. When we arrived on scene most of the barn was fully involved...most of it had burned to the ground...must have been going for awhile before the fire was seen," Chief Bock explained.

Pelham Deputy Fire Chief, Richard Hall confirmed with Western Mass News that they were called to the scene at around 5:45 a.m. for mutual aid and that they sent in a tanker truck to help.

While there were no reported injuries, animals died in the fire.

"The barn housed chickens and ducks," Chief Bock said.

At this time fire officials do not believe the fire was anything but accidental.

"Not suspicious. We don't know exactly what caused the fire. Had heat lamps in the barn and water feeders, had extension cords in there...but for us to exactly pinpoint the point of origin, we can't do that at this time," Chief Bock told Western Mass News.

The Belchertown Fire Department was on scene for about 2 1/2 hours Sunday morning.

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