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Fire Destroys Wales Home


WALES, Mass. (WGGB) —  Firefighters in Wales had to battle two dangerous situations when they arrived to a house fire Monday afternoon.

A home there went up in flames around 12:30 this afternoon and firefighters got more than they bargained for.

When emergency personnel arrived at the Barney Road house, they say it was a scary situation because ammunition was going off.

Captain Matthew Greene with the Wales Fire Department told ABC40 News, “When we got down here, the guy’s a hunter, and he had weapons in there and ammunition, and they kind of started going off, so we had to take bunker back here until that finished off.”

Greene says that by the time they got to the home, it was already a total loss.

This fire was big enough that Wales had to bring in help from the Brimfield, Monson, Holland, and Stafford, Connecticut Fire Departments.

“We have no hydrants in town normally.  When we have any type of fire or structure fire, we have tankers deployed from other towns around the area,” explains Greene.

Bitter cold and ice patches also made it difficult to reach the house so far off the main road.

Greene adds, “It’s very difficult.  It’s very rural out here so a lot of the houses are down long driveways like this one.  That’s why we call in many tankers and engines.”

Thankfully no one was injured.  One man, thought to be the homeowner was there at the time, but was able to get out safely.

The Red Cross is now assisting the homeowner.

Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire.




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