Police, firefighters douse Easthampton house fire

  • Police and firefighters responded to a fire at 19 Gaugh St. in Easthampton on Tuesday morning. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Police and firefighters responded to a fire at 19 Gaugh St. in Easthampton on Tuesday morning. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Police and firefighters responded to a fire at 19 Gaugh St. in Easthampton on Tuesday morning. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 1/25/2022 11:31:49 AM

EASTHAMPTON — The occupants of a multi-family home near the city’s downtown are currently displaced following a fire on Tuesday morning.

City police officers were the first to arrive at the 19 Gaugh St. home and managed to douse the exterior fire with hand-held fire extinguishers, said Police Chief Robert Alberti.

When Easthampton firefighters arrived, they entered the home and saw that there was a fire still active on the stovetop, and were able to quickly extinguish it, said Fire Chief Christopher Norris. While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Norris said the stovetop could possibly be the ignition source.

The owner was home at the time, which according to assessor’s records is Michael Salvini. No injuries were reported.

Norris estimates the damage to the two-story home, built in 1938, at around $75,000. Salvini and the occupants of a second apartment in the home are currently not allowed back in. The American Red Cross is assisting with providing temporary housing.

Northampton and Southampton fire departments provided mutual aid.


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