On Friday December 4th at 1436 hrs Springfield Fire and Ambulance was dispatched to Linhale Drive off the Chester Road for a reported structure fire with serious injury. Upon arrival of the first engine company heavy smoke and flames were showing from a 3 story 100’x75′ former dairy barn. The ambulance crew found a male subject with 3rd degree burns over 60% of his body. He was transported to Springfield Hospital and then transfered by helicopter to a burn center in Boston, MA.
This fire was upgraded twice to a 3rd alarm assignment due to the rural location, size of the involved structure, and 3 exposures 2 of which were occupied residences. We also had up to 1 dozen field/brush fires going that were caused from the high heat and flying embers. These fires were found to be up to 1/2 mile away from the scene.
Units on scene were from Springfield, Chester and Charlestown Fire, and a special request for brush units from Ascutney and Charlestown Fire. Cover assignments were brought in from Bellows Falls and Claremont and ambulance coverage from LeFevre Ambulance.

ALL PHOTO’S BY Jerry Gomez

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