Small fire at a UMass Hall caused damage to office

The building was closed until at least 9 a.m.

Amherst Fire truck

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – There was a small fire in the third floor of Arnold Hall at UMass Amherst.

Amherst Fire Department Assistant Chief Lindsay Stromgren said they received a report of a fire alarm sounding at Arnold Hall located at 715 North Pleasant Street. The UMass public safety personnel was there reporting smoke on the third floor, so a Box alarm sounded that summoned the eight on-duty firefighters as well as off-duty personnel.

Crews found moderate smoke on the third floor. A small fire was burning in an office on the third floor, and it was quickly extinguished. Crews were there for approximately an hour and a half to ventilate the building and make sure the fire was out, said Stromgren.

There was no structural damage to the building, but the majority of the contents of the office were ruined by some heat and extensive amount of black smoke. Some contents of the room were destroyed by the fire. There was also smoke damage to the third floor hallway, said Stromgren.

The only people in the building at the time of the fire was custodial staff. There were no injuries, said Stromgren.

Investigators said the fire is not believed to be suspicious, but the investigation is ongoing, said Stromgren.

The building was closed until at least 9 a.m. The third floor will be closed until further notice for cleaning.

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