2 forced out by Easthampton apartment fire

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Firefighters from three other communities had to be called in as the Easthampton fire department worked to put out an apartment fire at a historic downtown building that also houses a restaurant.

easthampton apartment fire 2Easthampton Fire Chief David Mottor told 22News that two people who lived in second floor apartments at 124 Cottage Street were forced out of their homes by Thursday afternoon’s fire.

Mottor said that they were called just after 1:30 for a report of smoke coming from the second floor of the building. Firefighters saw heavy smoke and fire coming from a sofa in one of the apartments. They were able to get the fire out fairly quickly, but there was heavy damage to that apartment, and some additional smoke damage to the other apartment on that floor.

There was also water damage to Nini’s Restaurant on the first floor, the chief said.

Firefighters from Northampton, Southampton, and Holyoke were called in, Mottor said, in part because of the age of the building (the marquee on the front reads that it dates back to 1900), and also because the wind gave them concern that the fire would spread quickly.

No one was injured, Mottor said that the state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.

A portion of Cottage Street was closed as firefighters worked to put out the fire.

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