Fire Burns Historic Wychwood Gatehouse

The Gatehouse is located at 120 Wychwood Road.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The Wychwood Gatehouse, located at East Broad Street and Wychwood Road, was reportedly on fire Friday evening.

Residents told Patch on Facebook and Twitter that the structure was in flames at approximately 8 p.m.

The Westfield Fire Department did not immediately respond for comment.

The home was vacant at the time and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, The Alternative Press reported.

The Wychwood South Gatehouse was noted in Westfield's Historic Plan as one of the town's "outstanding structures." The plan refers to the home, as well as the smaller gatehouse across the street, as "whimsical interpretations of medieval fairy tale houses."

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Courtney A. Schael, Esq. December 07, 2013 at 05:21 PM
My sister and I are the current owners of the house--I am single mother with two young children. I purchased the house just a week an a half ago from the lovely woman who owned the home and lived there with her family for over thirty years. My daughters and I were thrilled and looking forward to moving into a house of such enchanting and unique architectural character (the "castle" as it is called by my children and others). I was devastated to receive a call last night that our home was on fire, as were my two daughters. I was even more devastated by the extent of the damage but forever grateful that my children were safe and the fire happened prior to us moving in. I was also extremely grateful and humbled by the enormous help and support from my Westfield neighbors who were there to help with cleanup, a cup of coffee, words of encouragement or just a shoulder to cry on. It is sad that MCD513 lives in such a cynical word that his/her immediate thought without any facts was that the fire was arson. Thank you to our wonderful neighbors that helped and supported us through this difficult time and continue it help and support us. I am forever grateful. Courtney
Chu-Man-Fu December 07, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I'm very sorry for the loss you encountered, encouraged by the support of your friends and neighbors, but dismayed by the lack of acknowledgement or expression of gratitude to those who put it on the line daily and have dedicated their lives to protect life, limb, and property. The men and women of the Fire, Police, and Emergency Service Departments who responded ....... IMHO ..... Good luck to you and I hope your recover your losses quickly, thankfully you are all safe....
Kristine J December 07, 2013 at 10:44 PM
So sorry for your loss and all that you and your family are going through. Glad everyone is ok and hopefully you will be able to restore and rebuild. All my best to you.


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