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Propane Tank Explosion in Cheshire Destroys Property
By Jeff Snoonian,
02:44PM / Saturday, October 12, 2019
CHESHIRE, Mass. — A propane tank explosion rocked Lake Shore Drive on Friday night at about 8. Miraculously, there were no injuries but the recreational vehicle and adjacent structure are a total loss.    Occupant David Willett said he was fortunate to get out unharmed.   "I was up watching TV and smelled a weird odor," he said on Saturday at the scene. "I got out of there and called 911."   Two minutes later the propane tank exploded.    Lake Shore Drive is a dead-end road off Lanesborough Road, not far from the Route 8 intersection. The lane runs down the center of a small, curving peninsula into

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Bennington College Fire Causes $250K in Damages
Staff Reports,
10:51PM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019

There is currently a fire in the Barn, which houses classes and offices. The building has been evacuated, and the fire department is on scene. There are no student, faculty, or staff injuries. More information to come via this channel. pic.twitter.com/t4nKjZkjqG

— Bennington College (@AtBennington) April 30, 2019 BENNINGTON, Vt. — A fire on Tuesday afternoon caused $250,000 worth of damage to a building at Bennington College.   According to state police, the fire was reported at about 1 p.m. at the North Bennington campus from the administrative offices. The staff was alerted to the fire by a contractor who was performing work on the outside of the

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Cheshire Fire Blamed on Heating System; Structure a Total Loss
By Jack Guerino,
05:07PM / Friday, January 12, 2018

The building burned to the ground.  CHESHIRE, Mass. — The fire that destroyed a local business is believed to have started in an attached garage.   Fire Chief Thomas Francesconi said the blaze that razed the former Kubota dealership last week likely started from the heating system.    "The Mass State Fire Marshal's office did investigate the scene the following day. The cause of the fire is officially listed as undetermined, however, both myself and the investigating marshal believe the fire started with the heating system in the garage area," Francesconi said. "This was the area of origin for the

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Firefighters Battle With Difficult Blaze At Cheshire Business
By Tammy Daniels & Andy McKeever,
08:42PM / Thursday, January 04, 2018

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Firefighters battled a difficult blaze that destroyed a Windsor Road business Thursday night.

The Fire Department received a call at 7:21 p.m. of a garage fire as a blizzard swept through the region with frigid temperatures and gusty winds. Upon arrival, the former Kubota dealership was already heavily engulfed in flames.

"Our initial responders reported heavy fire from the garage spreading to the service area. We had a full response. Our first arriving engine went off the road, into a snow bank. Our second engine, when he got here, had electrical issues and lost all electric. We couldn't even flow water," Fire Chief Thomas Francesconi

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Adams Woman Charged With Stealing Four Cars in One Day
By Jack Guerino,
02:32AM / Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Cheshire Police arrested an Adams woman Friday night who allegedly stole four cars — including a Lexus and BMW — in one day between Adams and Lenox. 

Cheshire Police Chief Tim Garner said an officer arrested 33-year-old Chandra Bourelle late Friday night near the town line after she lost control of a car she had stolen.

But it wasn't her first alleged Grand Theft Auto of the night.

Garner said she had been caught earlier in the day stealing a motor vehicle in Adams. She made bail and was released. She then stole a car that had been left running from Racing Mart in Adams, he said.

She took off to Cranwell in

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