Great Barrington structure fire under investigation

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (NEWS10) – The Great Barrington Fire Department responded to the old Searles School at 79 Bridge Street following a report of smoke coming from the building on Sunday. Following a search of the building, the department reported no casualties or additional fires found.

At around 5 p.m. Sunday, the Great Barrington Fire Department said it responded to a report of smoke coming from the old Searles School. The ministry says the school has been abandoned for nearly two decades.

Great Barrington responded with two engines, a ladder and thirteen firefighters. The department says the fire was brought under control within 10 minutes of their arrival and they confined it to a room on the second floor. Great Barrington units cleared the scene in just over an hour after dispatch, the department said.

The fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and Great Barrington Police and Fire Services. The Great Barrington Police Department asks anyone with information to contact them at (413) 528-0306 ex. 3.

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