Air conditioner determined to be cause of fire on Orchard St. in Northampton

A fire at a Northampton apartment complex
Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 8:14 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 5:31 PM EDT
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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - On Tuesday, around 8 p.m. the Northampton Fire Department was dispatched to Orchard Street for a fire. We’re now learning more details about what happened.

When firefighters first arrived they found an apartment complex with flames showing from the third floor of the building.

According to Northampton Fire Rescue residents were able to safely evacuate and firefighters knocked down the fire quickly.

Western Mass News spoke with Assistant Chief, Andrew Pelis on Wednesday about what happened. He says the cause of the fire was an air conditioner that failed.

Pelis also told us one firefighter was injured on scene, but thankfully, they were treated and released from the hospital.

He says in all, two apartments were affected by the fire, resulting in two families being displaced.

As to why the air conditioner caught fire? Pelis says it remains under investigation.

We’re told firefighters were on scene for hours until about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.