NORTH BROOKFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A massive fire destroyed a North Brookfield school dormitory Friday night. 22News traveled to the western Worcester County town on Saturday and saw how the community is helping the students who lost their belongings.
“The students last night they were in shock, they weren't sure what was going on. They are much better today. They had breakfast this morning,” said Doug Blood, Emergency Management Director in Brookfield.
38 students were forced from their bedrooms after a massive fire tore through a North Brookfield boarding school dorm Friday night. A day later, a community is pulling together to help.
“I saw on Facebook that there was a fire and I used to live in North Brookfield my family and I. So I had extra stuff at home and felt the need to help,” said Stacy Collette of Ware.
Collette was one of the dozens of nearby residents who on Saturday morning dropped off donations for Valley View Boarding School students.
“I brought in some sweatshirts some hooded sweatshirts, a couple of jackets some t-shirts and some thermal long sleeve shirts. 35 it's just the right thing to do, we're warm these kids should be warm too,” said Lynne Banks.
Doug Blood is the town's Emergency Management Director. He told 22News the building was engulfed in flames within minutes, destroying everything inside.
“The building itself went up so fast that it was all post and beam. 617 They did lose everything their foot lockers and everything their bunks were all destroyed,” said Blood.
The 150-year-old building used to be a barn before and in the last year its dining space was renovated. Investigators still don't know what caused the fire but believe it could have started in the attic.
Volunteers from the Pioneer Valley Red Cross chapter helped students with clothes and personal essentials. Blood told 22News students are staying in the school's academic building for the time being.