Hawley Street Fire in 'Hamp Leaves 5 Homeless
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.
Members of the Hadley Fire Department use a chain saw to cut a hole in the roof to vent the structure.
Several trees needed to be cut down before the Hadley Fire Department's ladder truck could be maneuvered into place.
View of the "B" side of the house looking east towards Hawley Street. The Hadley Fire Department ladder truck (yellow) can be seen on the right of the picture through the trees.
A Northampton firefighter works to extinguish any remaining hot spots on the porch that wrapped around the "A" and "B" sides of the building. Local reports indicate that careless disposal of smoking materials is being looked into as the cause of the blaze.
Northampton firefighters shovel out debris from the front entryway of the structure to make it safer to enter and exit the building.
Goshen firefighters Dustin Culver, Jason Dyer and Phil Judd between overhaul rotations.
(January 19th, 2007)