Multiple agencies probing arson to 3 Mount Washington buildings

MT. WASHINGTON — The State Fire Marshal’s office has confirmed that the trio of early morning fires set to two historic structures and a single-story home in Mount Washington were deliberately set.

Egremont Fire Department was dispatched to the area of 25 West St. at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 for a reported structure fire, according to Egremont Fire Chief Joe Schneider.

Because Mount Washington does not have a fire department of its own and a population of nearly 160, according to a 2017 U.S. Census Bureau report, Egremont Fire provides suppression services to the community.

When Schneider arrived, he saw that two state Department of Conservation and Recreation buildings were on fire as well as another separate single-family dwelling across the street, he said.

In the beginning, the remote location of the fires presented a challenge. The rutted dirt roads were extremely muddy as were the long driveways, according to Schneider. Additionally, fire tankers had to shuttle water from a pond that was approximately five miles away from the fires, he said.

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