A Northampton firefighter was hurt trying to put out a fire at an auto salvage business Friday morning. The fire caused damage to Highway Auto Salvage on Route 5 near Exit 18 off I-91. Northampton fire officials say the injured firefighter was taken to the hospital, but his injuries aren’t believed to be serious. Edward Amo, who owns the business told 22News the fire was started by a cutting torch. One of the sparks from the torch ignited a wooden pallet. Officials say there’s extensive damage to the building and the equipment inside. Traffic on Route 5 in the area was slowed as firefighters worked to put out the last of the fire.
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A traffic configuration change is coming to a busy Northampton intersection by 2018, according to state officials. A series of proposed upgrades to Route 9 calls for construction of a roundabout intersection at the Northampton side to the Coolidge Bridge.
Lengthening of the school day is part of a plan proposed by state officials in their three-year "turnaround" plan for Holyoke's schools, elements of which will be phased in beginning as early as next school year.
At a town council subcommittee informational forum on the issue earlier this week, one councilor suggested that the town should consider an ordinance imposing minimum air quality standards on home wood burning devices.
At last night's Council meeting, the owner of Packard's directly addressed City Council President Bill Dwight and Ward 3 Councilor Ryan O'Donnell condemning their choice to march with hotel workers to deliver a message of an intent to unionize, to Hotel Northampton owner Mansour Ghalibaf.