Updated: South Amherst home damaged in Friday night electrical fire

Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
AMHERST — A South Amherst home sustained an estimated $150,000 in damage in a Friday night fire believed to be electrical in origin. No one was injured.

The split-level home at 25 Merrick Circle, owned by David Glassberg, was unoccupied at the time of the two-alarm fire, which Amherst firefighters responded to at 8:05 p.m.

The fire was extinguished within an hour, but smoke poured from the room above the garage for an extended period of time.

“The fire is not considered suspicious and preliminary findings of the Amherst Fire Department’s Fire Investigation Unit indicate the cause of the fire to be electrical in nature,” the department said in a statement Saturday.

Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said Friday the fire was called in by one of the property’s residents. Because another car was present, there was initially concern that someone might be inside.

Five Amherst firefighters responded in two trucks and searched the home to make sure it was not occupied, Nelson said.

The department called for extra help and received support from fire crews from Northampton, Hadley, Pelham and South Hadley, Nelson said. Belchertown also stationed an ambulance at the fire scene.

At the time the fire call came in, two Amherst ambulances were out on other calls, which prompted the request for outside help, Nelson said.

The home is assessed at $267,300, according to Amherst property records.