EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Firefighters in Easthampton had a difficult time controlling a house fire at 31 Clark Street, Thursday afternoon, due to burning electrical wires.
Easthampton Fire Chief David Mottor informed 22News that the dispatch center received a 911 call about the fire around 2:10 p.m. Thursday. When firefighters arrived, heavy fire was seen on the front porch and inside the house.
Chief Mottor said electrical wires were burning off the house, making it difficult for the firefighters to get close to put out the flames. Fire departments from Northampton, Holyoke, Westfield, South Hadley Fire District #1 and Southampton provided mutual aid.
When 22News arrived to the house, there were no visible flames from the outside, but smoke was coming out from the roof, and the exterior of the house was seriously damaged by the fire.
The fire caused $200,000 worth of damage to the house, Chief Mottor said. Also, two houses across the street suffered $25,000 worth of heat damage combined. The heat was so intense, the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Rehab unit was called to assist.
There were no reports of any one living in the house being injured, but Chief Mottor said one Easthampton firefighter was taken to the hospital for evaluation and later released.
Chief Mottor added that a State Trooper assigned to the Fire Marshal’s office investigated the fire and determined it was caused by a poorly disposed of cigarette.