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Sprinkler System Break Briefly Closes North Adams' Tractor Supply
Staff Reports,
04:00PM / Thursday, December 22, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A damaged sprinkler triggered the fire suppression system in the Tractor Supply store on Tuesday, leading to the evacuation of the facility until repairs could be made.   The Fire Department responded to the store after an employee damaged a sprinkler component with a forklift.   "A worker was running a forklift and he was putting some stuff on the shelf and the forklift hit the sprinkler head and broke it, which activated the system, which evacuated the building," Fire Director Steve Meranti said on Thursday.   Meranti said the sprinklers went off in the back room and not in the public area. He said there was

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Electrical Fire at North Adams Stop & Shop Forces Evacuation
Staff Reports,
10:57PM / Tuesday, December 20, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A malfunctioning refrigerated case forced the local Stop & Shop grocery to evacuate customers for more than an hour.

Firefighters responded to a call from the store shortly before 9 p.m., and minutes later called for all off-duty firefighters to stand by the station.

"They didn't know what type of fire it was and then en route, they got a second call that they had attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher and they couldn't do it," said Fire Director Stephen Meranti. "When the guys got here they found a fire in the meat case in the back of the building."

But the fire was pretty much out by the time

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North Adams Apartment Fire Forces Out Five Families
By Tammy Daniels,
05:00PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — At least 20 people were forced from their apartments on Wednesday afternoon after a fire broke out in the attic above one of the units.

The report of a fire in one of the rear units in the six-apartment building on Crossey Place came in before 3 p.m. The call came into dispatch from a resident in the apartment who said her walls were warm and "turning black."

"There was a report of the walls turning black and paint bubbling on the walls, said Fire Chief Stephen Meranti. "We did indeed find the wall turning black and the paint bubbling."

An all-call was put out to bring in off-duty firefighters; three engines including the

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Body Discovered In Windsor Lake in North Adams
Staff Reports,
11:06AM / Friday, September 09, 2016

 
The body was discovered in the lake Friday morning. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The body of a 63-year-old North Adams man was found in Windsor Lake.   Police say the body of Leszek Godyn of Arnold Place was discovered at 8 a.m. Friday morning.   The incident remains under investigation but the district attorney's office says it "does not appear to be suspicious at this time."   Police Director Michael Cozzaglio confirmed that police received a report at 7:48 a.m. from someone who said they saw a body lying in the water.   Police, EMS, and fire responded to the lake, where

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North Adams Apartment Blaze Doused; West Main Closed
By Jack Guerino,
05:14PM / Thursday, September 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters quickly knocked down fire in a storage area at a West Main Street apartment building on Thursday.

Fire Director Stephen Meranti said only one tenant was in the building and he was quickly evacuated.

Meranti said the Fire Department arrived at 75 West Main St around 2:30 p.m. after receiving a report of smoke coming out of a second-story window. It was initially described as a structure fire.

"The guys got on scene, and they saw smoke," he said. "We had smoke coming from the bedroom window on the second floor. ...

"The guys went in, found the tenant and escorted him out," he said. "He was OK. He was

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