NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Northampton Police Department is warning local residents after multiple suspicious fires were reported in the North Street and King Street area.
According to Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper, there were five suspicious fires reported between March 12th and March 21st of this year.
Chief Kasper listed the following fires reported:
- March 12th, 7:18 AM: A resident of Bates Street reported that 3-4 clumps of dried ornamental grass had been burned and were still smoldering.
- March 12th, 10:45 AM: A resident on North Street reported that a number of their ornamental grass clumps had been burned.
- March 15th, 5:52 PM: A person living in a tent along the railroad tracks in the King Street area reported that his tent and its contents had been burned.
- March 17th, 7:25 PM: A fire was reported at 137 King Street along the side of the building. The contents of a barrel had been lit on fire. Damage was confined to the exterior of the building.
- March 21st, 2:00 PM: A resident of North Street reported that several clumps of ornamental grass had been burned.
These fires are under investigation by the Northampton Fire Investigation Unit, which includes both Northampton Fire Rescue and Police Department personnel, Chief Kasper said.
Chief Kasper said Public Safety are asking residents to look around their property for dry or dead vegetation that’s next to a structure. She said residents should remove dry leaves, grass, and brush away from their homes because they can easily ignite.
If you see any suspicious activity or persons in your neighborhood, call the Northampton Police Department at 413-587-1100.