Friday, March 31, 2017

Town demolishes 'nuisance' building after years of appeals

A heavy-duty Caterpillar excavator was at the site of an unsafe building early Thursday morning, March 30, carrying out a demolition order three years in the making.    

Burned-out home is torn down
After several years of delay, the burned-out building at 188 Wall St. was demolished Thursday. The demolition, by Crown Point Excavation, will leave the town in a financial hole.

Flashback: November 15, 2012

A home belonging to Donald and Jean Bishop at 180 Wall Street was severely damaged by fire early Wednesday morning. The Bishops, who are in the process of moving to a second home on Mile Hill Road in Springfield, were not at home at the time of the 12:39 a.m., fire. Springfield Deputy Fire Chief Scott Richardson said about 20 firefighters fought the fire, and it took firefighters four hours to bring it under control. An investigation by the state fire marshal’s office found the cause of the fire to be undetermined, but not suspicious. Damage is estimated at $100,000. Don Bishop, who has owned the home since 1967, said he was called by a neighbor and he watched his home burn.

One of the new smart meters had just been installed on the house earlier in the week.

For fires that are ‘unexplained’ or termed electrical in nature, fire inspectors should check whether smart meters were installed recently.


  1. One down, one more to do. Finally!

  2. The Goat Rustler4/1/17, 9:08 AM

    You can have your "smart meter" removed and an old-fashioned analog meter installed, free of charge. I did, after I noticed a power usage spike at the end of every month that didn't correspond to anything. They're completely safe, and can't be manipulated.


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