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Firefighters from eight towns responded to a blaze that destroyed a home at 155 Norfolk Road in the Southfield section of New Marlborough.

Fire destroys home in Southfield but former church next door is saved

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By Friday, Mar 15, 2019 News 12

Southfield — An early-morning fire on Friday destroyed one home and damaged another near the Southfield Store. A total of eight fire companies from two states responded. 

The New Marlborough Fire Department received a call at 3:42 a.m. for an active structure fire at 155 Norfolk Road. Fire Chief Chuck Loring told The Edge he arrived a few minutes later to find a structure fire that was “pretty much totally involved.” He quickly added that there was no loss of life or injuries. 

See contributed video below of the fire at 155 Norfolk Road:

The home, which was unoccupied and owned by Jeremy Stanton and Emily Newman, was completely destroyed. The house had been the scene of another fire that had damaged the kitchen in the rear of the house about two weeks earlier. Loring said the previous fire started in a wall and was likely electrical in origin. The Stantons were living temporarily in a home across the street because of the damage.

The Southfield home, owned by Jermey Stanton and Emily Newman was a total loss. Photo: David Edelman

The blaze was so intense that it ignited a converted church next door that was being used as an artist space. Loring immediately called for mutual aid. Firefighters responded from Great Barrington, Monterey, Egremont, Sandisfield and Sheffield as well as from the Connecticut towns of Norfolk, Canaan and Falls Village. Those companies provided equipment that New Marlborough lacks, such as tanker trucks and ladder trucks.

“It caught the building next door, so we had two fires burning,” Loring explained. “But we had a pretty good save on that one. Without our mutual aid, we would have lost that church.”

A firefighter on a ladder truck attacked the fire in the converted church on Norfolk Road in Southfield from above. Photo: David Edelman

The former church is a large building with open spaces and a steeple that is as high as three-story building. One of the ladder trucks worked to contain the fire from the steeple. The positioning atop the steeple gave firefighters the ability to attack the fire at its source rather than simply spraying water on it from the outside. There is water damage to the building and some of the siding peeled off, and some windows wrecked, Loring said, but the building will survive.

Loring declined to speculate on a cause of the fire at the Stanton and Newman residence. He said both the state fire marshal and the insurance companies are investigating. Loring said he wanted to thank all firefighters and first responders who participated in the effort.

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  1. Lauren Clark says:

    More about the family who lost their home and less about the church next door, please.

      1. DB says:

        Is this the best you can do to inform the community what they can do to help this family? People are more important than property.

    1. Barbara Dahlman says:

      I agree. How is the family coping? Are the dogs ok? How can we help?

  2. Kathy Kessler says:

    Barely a mention of the family, who lost everything, and not a word about how the community might rally to support them.

  3. Carl Stewart says:

    Pretty amazing that with all 3 comments asking for more information about the family affected by the fire, Mr. Cowgill suggests a link to a nearly 3-year old article about Jeremy Stanton’s now-shuttered restaurant.

  4. Shawn G. says:

    and there was loss of life- their kitty cat 🙁

  5. Terry Cowgill says:

    Folks, this was a breaking news story produced on a very short deadline. If there is news about how the family is coping and how to help them, we will certainly report it. Fortunately (and as we did report), they have a place to stay because they had been living across the street since the earlier kitchen fire.

    1. DB says:

      Terry, That link dors not help anyone.I suggest you take it down. It’s insulting that that is what you give the folks asking for ways to help.

  6. Terry Cowgill says:

    This just in. A GoFundMe drive just started for the Stanton-Newman family:


    1. Terry Cowgill says:

      As of 9 a.m., $11,746 of $10,000 goal has been raised by 95 people in 1 day.

      1. Tim says:

        Emily and Jeremy’s loss is heartbreaking. Virtually everything is gone. The disruption to their lives, and their children, Nina and Lucca, will be a long time repairing. Their beautiful house, formerly the centerpiece of Southfield Village, leaves a reminder of what happened that can’t be ignored. At the same time, the outpouring of support and generosity of our community has been really amazing. As Emily’s father, I am heartened by the care and concern expressed by so so many people. My thanks to all who have expressed their desire to help, and those who have contributed to the Go Fund Me campaign that was set up for them. It will be a long road back to a normal life for Emily and her family, but getting there will be made less painful by our wonderful friends and neighbors. Thank you so much. Tim Newman

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