NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - A house fire in Northampton has forced three people from their two family home on 24-26 Orchard Street.
22News first noticed fire trucks racing down Main Street shortly before 2:00PM. They were all headed to Orchard Street.
The street was shut down for almost three hours. Assistant Fire Chief Duane Nichols says the street was just reopened a few minutes ago.
Assistant Fire Chief Nichols says the fire appears to have started on the outside of the home and extended into the building. There was one person home at the time of the fire but he was able to get out safely.
Assistant Fire Chief Nichols says it took engines from five towns an hour to bring the fire under control and an hour and half to put it out. Firefighters from Amherst, Easthampton, Hadley, Hatfield, Westhampton, Chesterfield, Williamsburg, and Greenfield assisted.
Firefighters were able to control the fire around 3:10PM.
There is heavy fire damage to the second floor, and smoke and water damage to the first floor. Assistant Chief Nichols says the home won't be able to be occupied until it is renovated.
The Red Cross is assisting 2 people who were displaced with food and clothing; they were able to find shelter. The other resident, the landlord, refused assistance from the Red Cross.