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Northampton firefighter taken to hospital after business fire


One firefighter was taken to the hospital Friday morning after a longtime Northampton business went up in flames.

The extent of the firefighter's injuries is not known at this time, but he is expected to be OK.

The fire started at the Highway Auto Salvage shop on Mount Tom Road around 8:15. The businesses owner, Edward Amo says it all happened very quickly.

"A spark landed on some pallets that had oil soaked into it and the fire started," said Amo.

Amo took over the Northampton business from his father back in 1959. He says a worker initially tried to put out the fire himself but it was no use.

"We have 20-pound fire extinguishers at all the entrances and doorways and they went through like two of those like nothing and they decided that's it, call the fire department," said Amo.

"As crews rolled out the doors they saw a large black column of smoke upon approach as they worked their way down King Street. Arriving on the scene they found the building behind me about half involved in fire," said Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan.

Around 9 a.m. it appeared the flames were under control.

"We've contained the fire at this time," said Duggan. "Everything is sort of on hold while we open the upper roof area, which is made of trusses that are very dangerous for firefighters."

But just before 10 a.m. the fire started up again with smoke billowing up out of the burning building making it difficult to see.

"It appeared to be a hotspot that we couldn't gain access to because of the way the building was constructed, so at that point it started to reignite," said Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston.

And even though his business is heavily damaged, Amo says he will open up as soon as it's possible to do so.

"We'll have to reopen but it's just how long before we have the high-tech stuff," said Amo.

Early estimates indicated that the fire caused around a half-million dollars in damage.

The fire remains under investigation.

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