NORTHAMPTON - An early morning fire at 67 Hawley Street in Northampton has left 5 people homeless. Residents of the house reported the blaze around 3:30AM. Goshen firefighters initially responded to a mutual aid request at approximately 5:15AM from Northampton Fire for the Hampshire County Air Truck. Shortly before arriving on scene, another call went out for Goshen to respond with our engine to provide station coverage at the Florence Fire Station. The crew of E1 was later called to stage at the Hawley Street site and assisted firefighters from Northampton, Easthampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Amherst and Hadley in overhauling the home.
During our time there, we were able to fill 25 SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) bottles that were used by firefighters when they entered the smoke filled structure. Careless disposal of smoking materials is being investigated as a possible cause of the fire.
(January 19, 2007)