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Early-morning fire doused downtown Northampton

  • Fire crews extinguished an early morning fire at 32 Masonic St., Northampton, Nov. 29, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/JACQUELYN VOGHEL

  • Fire crews extinguished an early morning fire at 32 Masonic St., Northampton, Nov. 29, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/JACQUELYN VOGHEL

  • Fire crews extinguished an early morning fire at 32 Masonic St., Northampton, Nov. 29, 2018. STAFF PHOTO/JACQUELYN VOGHEL



Staff Writer
Thursday, November 29, 2018

NORTHAMPTON — Fire crews extinguished an early morning fire that broke out Thursday around 6 a.m. at 32 Masonic St. There were no injuries, said Assistant Fire Chief Jon Davine. 

The fire damaged an apartment on the second floor, and caused water and smoke damage throughout the building, Davine said.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, Davine said, and the building was evacuated with power and gas shut off.

“Hopefully by the end of the day we’ll be able to get (people) back in there and get some stuff, but I’m not sure,” Davine said.

Russ Jopson, co-owner of Hampshire Property Management, which manages the 32 Masonic Street Condominiums, did not have an exact figure for the number of residents living in the complex, but said that it has eight residential units and five commercial units.

Jopson said that he does not know when residents will be able to return, but that the Red Cross was assisting tenants with overnight housing.

“We’re trying to comply with all local and state authorities on getting those people back in the building as quickly as possible, but that was pending a state fire marshal inspection,” Jopson said.

The Easthampton and Amherst Fire Departments and Pioneer Valley EMS were also called to assist, and a Northampton Police Crime Scene Services van was at the scene.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.