Fire on Lusby Street

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST – Directly on the heels of a fire on Pearl Place, Amherst firefighters responded to a second fire at an abandoned home a few blocks away on Lusby Street.

They were called to the first fire Thursday at 7:45 p.m. and the second fire Thursday at 11:05 p.m., returning to the fire station at about 1 a.m.

Greg Jones, Amherst Fire Chief, says the fire on Pearl Place wasn't suspicious but the on Lusby Street is suspicious.

"Over the last three weeks this will be the fifth structure fire we’ve had. Out of the five, three are suspicious," said Jones.

The two other suspicious fires occurred last week at abandoned homes on Nappan Road in Brookdale. The fifth fire, which isn’t suspicious, happened April 14, at an Apartment on Dickey Street in Amherst.

The two homes on Nappan Road were fully engulfed when the fire department arrived; the one on Lusby Street had fire developing inside the home but was not fully engulfed.

Asked if fuel is being used to start the suspicious fires Jones said, "Right now we haven’t been able to determine that."

Jones called the fire Marshall early Friday morning and says they will go to the home on Lusby Street later in the morning to try to figure out what happened.

Having his firefighters chasing suspicious fires is frustrating.

"It takes a lot of manpower and a lot of time and, unfortunately I’m putting these guys lives on line for fires that aren’t necessary."

Jones was appointed chief of the Amherst Fire Department in early April, and his one-month tenure has been busy.

"The last time I remember this many fires is 13 or 14 years ago," said Jones. "It’s surprising there have been so many at one time."

Jones asks people to be cautious of any suspicious activity around their home.

"If they see something unusual call the police," said Jones.




Geographic location: Lusby Street

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