Northampton truck fire keeps Amish furniture makers from fair

  • Northampton firefighters respond to a reported truck fire in the parking lot of the Spare Time bowling lanes on Pleasant Street about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The fire burned itself out about two minutes before the firefighters arrived. GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Sunny Gordon of Deerfield talks with Northampton firefighters who responded to a truck fire in the parking lot of the Spare Time bowling lanes on Pleasant Street about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The fire had burned itself out moments before the arrival of the firefighters. GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

Published: 8/22/2016 4:01:40 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A Deerfield couple’s plans to head to a fair in New York were delayed when their truck caught fire in the middle of Interstate 91.

Lindelle and Sunny Gordon of Apple Creek furniture were driving south through Northampton on Monday and Lindelle Gordon noticed some smoke shortly after 3 p.m.

“I said we’ve got to turn off the road,” she said.

The pair turned off at Exit 18 and pulled into the first parking lot they could find — Spare Time Bowling Alley at 525 Pleasant St.

When they shut off the engine, smoke continued to pour out of it, Lindelle Gordon said.

About a dozen Massachusetts Department of Transportation workers constructing a new roundabout at the nearby Pleasant-Conz intersection looked on as smoke billowed into the air. The truck’s cab was bent forward to reveal its engine, making it look like the vehicle was bowing its head.

Police and firefighters arrived at the parking lot, and the smoke eventually stopped coming out of the car, but the Gordons suspect the engine is shot.

The two will have to unload the truck, which is filled with Amish furniture, and find another way down to Rhinebeck, New York, where they planned to vend at a fair taking place in that town.

If the truck can’t start, they plan to tow it back up to South Deerfield, where their business is based.

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