Friday, December 06, 2013
NORTHAMPTON — A fire Thursday afternoon at a manufacturing plant on Route 10 prompted the evacuation of about 30 employees and caused an estimated $150,000 to $200,000 in damage, but no injuries.
A 911 call and fire alarm from Phillips Enterprises at 149 Easthampton Road alerted firefighters to a blaze in one of the company’s manufacturing buildings about 1:30 p.m., according to Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan.
According to Phillips Enterprises’ website, the company manufactures custom retail display stands. A message left at Phillips Enterprises seeking comment was not immediately returned.
Duggan said it appeared the fire began in the waste and dust collection system, creating an intense fire and heavy smoke.
About 30 employees were evacuated and a similar number of firefighters arrived to extinguish the fire, Duggan said.
Fire departments from Amherst and Easthampton also responded, as did Northampton police. Duggan said it took about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control and that crews remained on the scene to check for hot spots.
“The crews did a great job, considering the volume of flames and the intensity of the smoke,” Duggan said.
A section of Easthampton Road was closed while firefighters worked Thursday afternoon.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, Duggan said.
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