The Lanesborough Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at Mad Jack's BBQ on South Main St. around 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.
Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke coming from the rear of the building, according to Chief Charlie Durfee.
"The owner of the building had hired a couple of guys to do some roof repairs. They were doing what you call a blowdown roof with a hot torch that caught the building on fire which happened be on the backside", said Durfee. "The other stores within the strip mall suffered minor smoke damage, as far as Mad Jack's, the damage is estimated at around $50,000."
Some quick and effective water from civilians working on the roof of the structure doused some of the fire prior to LVFD's arrival. Crews on Lanesborough Ambulance evaluated 2 patients for some minor smoke inhalation, although, neither were transported. One engine company responded to the scene with mutual aid from Cheshire.
Durfee mentioned that he was golfing in a tournament to benefit The Jimmy Fund at Berkshire Hills when the call came in. Slater and Marjo were joking around about the life of a volunteer firefighter, always on call!
Mad Jack's BBQ was once on North St. in Pittsfield, but has been at 126 S. Main St. in Lanesborough for a while now and is open seasonally for catering orders.
Courtesy of Heather Cachat Blake
Courtesy of Heather Cachat Blake
Courtesy of Heather Cachat Blake
Courtesy of Heather Cachat Blake
Courtesy of Heather Cachat Blake

 

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