Central Mass. winery destroyed in fire

About 4,000 gallons of wine were lost

CHARLTON, Mass. (AP) — Fire officials say a historic winery in central Massachusetts was destroyed in a fire, causing the loss of about 4,000 gallons of wine.

The blaze started at around 10:45 p.m. Sunday at Charlton Orchards Farm & Winery.

No injuries were reported.

Officials say the fire destroyed all of the winemaking equipment. The fate of about 100 chickens on the property was not immediately known.

Firefighters from Charlton and other local communities battled the flames.

Owners Nathan and Patricia Benjamin told Telegram & Gazette they were frustrated that the firefighters did not use the pond on their property to draw water to fight the fire.

Charlton Fire Chief Charles Cloutier says that would have required driving the fire trucks into the orchard.

The farm dates to 1733, according to its website.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com


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