By Zach DeLuca, Greenfield Recorder
Although it was initially believed that no animals died in a barn fire at 82 Long Hill Road on Tuesday evening, the two-alarm blaze ultimately resulted in the death of a clutch of chicks.
Fire Chief John Ingram said that after investigation, the Leverett Fire Department is “pretty confident” the cause of the fire was a heat lamp meant to warm the chicks.
“The baby chicks did not survive,” he said Thursday.
The other animals that usually reside in the barn — two horses and some chickens — were outside when the fire occurred and were unharmed, Ingram said.
Additionally, Ingram said a Leverett firefighter injured his shoulder while moving hoses. While he wasn’t sure the full extent of the injury, Ingram suspected the firefighter dislocated his shoulder. He said the injury did not require the firefighter to be airlifted for treatment, as has been reported by other media outlets.
“He drove himself to the hospital,” Ingram said. “He’s on the mend. He’s doing fine.”
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