Ludlow fire cause will remain undetermined
Not considered suspicious
LUDLOW - The cause of the fire that destroyed an antique farmhouse on Chapman Road early Sunday evening will go down in the books as undetermined, but not suspicious, Ludlow Fire Chief Pete Kolenda said late this week.
All photos courtesy Ludlow Fire Department by Firefighter Dave Nickels
Flames were already roaring up through the roof of the home belonging to Bernard and Ann Gottier when the first fire truck reached the scene shortly after 8 p.m. and the structure “burned flat to the ground” before it was finally extinguished.
“We tried to make an interior attack initially but the stairway was full of flames and I believe it collapsed,” the chief recalled, explaining that once that happened all efforts switched to a defensive attack on the fire from the outside.
The Ludlow Fire Department was joined on the scene by mutual aid companies from Proctorsville, Cavendish, Mount Holly, Plymouth, Chester and Reading and a tanker shuttle running from Colby Pond supplied water to the scene.
One of Ludlow’s firefighters was treated for smoke inhalation by a Golden Cross Ambulance crew but Chief Kolenda said she did not require hospitalization.
The last Ludlow firefighters left the scene at 3 a.m. Monday morning.
“The cause is going to be `undetermined’ but not suspicious,” Kolenda said, explaining, “I spoke briefly to the fire investigator but there’s nothing there to look at, it’s gone.”
The chief said the Gottiers are long time residents of Ludlow and he said the house was a local landmark that had been “kept up very well” by the couple over the years.