Artwork damaged in Easthampton fire

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Fire officials in western Massachusetts say more than $90,000 in artwork may have been damaged by water from a sprinkler system that was activated during a small fire in an arts building.

Firefighters in Easthampton responded to the Paragon Arts & Industry Building last night after the fire started in a third-floor studio. Officials say the fire apparently began when paper towels soaked in oil on a workbench ignited, but the cause remains under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

Although damage from the fire and smoke was minor, officials say the sprinkler system sent water into studios on the lower floors and damaged artwork and other objects.

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