School owners investigate ‘recovery options’ after ‘devastation’

📸Sturbridge Fire Department photos

STURBRIDGE — A late night fire at the Treetops Montessori has shuttered the school and left its owners working on “recovery options.”

The Sturbridge Fire Department responded to what became a three-alarm blaze at 10:22 p.m. on Monday. Several towns provided mutual aid as crews battled the fire at Treetops Montessori on Brookfield Road.

No injuries were reported, attributed in part to the fire breaking out well after the school had closed its doors for the day.

“The late evening timing prevented any injury to our children or staff,” reported Shelby Hill, a co-owner of the school, in a Facebook post.

Local firefighters employed Engine 1, Tanker 1, Tower 1, Squad 1, Car 1, and Car 2 in battling the fire, with firefighters from Brimfield, Brookfield, Southbridge, Spencer, Warren, and West Brookfield also on scene. School leadership expressed its gratitude for the efforts by all first responders present.

“Tonight we’ve suffered a devastating fire at our Treetops Montessori School in Sturbridge,” Hill wrote. “We are thankful for all of the work that Sturbridge Fire Department & the neighboring Fire Department PD did to extinguish the after hours fire.”

According to a statement issued by the Sturbridge Fire Department around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, after the third alarm had been struck, the “fire was knocked down quickly with a transitional attack.” Firefighters reported they used a 1.75-inch hose on the left side of the school, and a 2.5-inch line from the front of the building.

While fire officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire, the school’s owners are looking into their options for the future.

“We will be closed while we work with our insurance companies & staff to figure out what our next steps will be,” Hill wrote, pledging to keep families up to date.

“Once we have had a chance to recover from the devastation and have a better idea of recovery options available to us,” wrote Hill.

According to its website, Treetops Montessori recently celebrated 45 years and features “two spacious, child-oriented classrooms to enhance self-direction, organizational, and fine-motor skills.” The school sits atop more than an acre of land used “for discovering, gardening, exploration, and developing gross-motor skills.”

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