Firefighters in Great Barrington were busy on Wednesday night battling a structure fire that actually caused Stockbridge Road to be shut down for several hours. According to the Great Barrington Fire Department, just before 8 pm on Wednesday night, the department was dispatched to the area of the Goodwill on Stockbridge Road for a possible structure fire.

Chief Charles Burger arrived on the scene within minutes and struck the first alarm for a working fire at 232 Stockbridge Road, the old “Wonderful Things” building. Heavy brown smoke was pouring from every area of the old 2.5 story building. 

Great Barrington’s first engine arrived a few minutes later. Hose lines were simultaneously stretched to the basement, first and second floors where the fire was found. According to the media release, the bulk of the fire was quickly down. However, the fire extended to many void areas in the walls and ceilings of the building and crews works for several hours to ensure all hot spots were extinguished. All crews were back in service by midnight.

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Great Barrington responded with three engines, a ladder, and rescue. They were assisted by a ladder from Monterey and an engine from Sheffield. Southern Berkshire Ambulance and the Support Group were on the scene. Additional fire calls in town were covered by Stockbridge, Sheffield, and Egremont Fire Departments.

Stockbridge Road has to be shut down for several hours due to the fire. The local police worked to detour traffic.

I’m proud of the hard work done by our firefighters and mutual aid companies to contain fire throughout such an old building. ~ Chief Charles Burger

The fire is currently under investigation by the Great Barrington Police and Fire departments and the State Police assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office. 

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