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4 Alarm Fire Destroys Retail Store of Family Farm in Granby

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GRANBY, MA - A fast-moving fire destroyed the retail store of a family farm in the Hampshire County town of Granby that is, ironically, named to commemorate another fire that occurred on the property 100-years ago that destroyed the original barn and farm house. 

Shortly after noon time on Saturday, February 17th, Granby firefighters were called to respond to 7 Carver Street for the report of a structure fire at Red Fire Farm. When fire fighters arrived, the retail store of the farm, an attached greenhouse, and one vehicle parked outside the store were well-involved in fire.

Granby Fire is a small department with just one station, so with the amount of fire on scene, the second and third alarms were struck in rapid succession. Firefighters worked quickly, using Engine 1's on board water supply to knock down fire that had spread to the farm house on the 'Bravo' side and begin to knock down the main body of fire when a complete structural collapse of the original fire building occurred, burying the bulk of the fire under tons of dimensional lumber and other structural debris.

At this point in the fire fight, available booster tank water had been nearly depleted and since this part of Granby has no fire hydrants, a tanker shuttle operation had to be established which required the fourth-alarm to be struck. Mutual aid, mostly in the form of tankers, set about putting up the fill and drop sites for the tankers and running supply lines from the source engine to the fire ground to re-establish positive water supplies so members on scene could knock down the remaining fire.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Granby Fire and Police Departments and the State Fire Marshal's Office.

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NATE ARNOLDCorrespondent

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