NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – A Sunday night fire at a vacant Northampton rooming house that didn’t take long for firefighters to put out is still under investigation.
We spoke with people who live near Shaw’s Motel, to find out what they hope happens with the long vacant property.
Misael Suarez lives right across the street and saw some of the fire response Sunday.
“I was at my house watching TV. I went to Stop & Shop, I sped walked there and then I sped walked back and I noticed the whole area was cut off in yellow caution sticky tape,” explains Suarez.
While the flames were confined to the first floor, a hole had to be cut in the roof to help vent the fire. As it got darker, authorities say they had to suspend the investigation into what caused the fire.
On Monday, crews were back, combing through the rubble.
The hotel has been vacant for a number of years, and was at the time of the fire.
At this point, neighbors seem ready for something new to take its place.
Alex Wenger who’s also a Northampton resident told us, “I think it could definitely be used as a hotel again I mean with people coming in and out because of the college towns there is a lot of families that come in every year or every semester.”
Suarez told us, ”I think something else should go there, something useful. It’s been abandoned its kind of an eye sore, especially now that it’s burned. So I think that they should knock it down and do something with it maybe build condos or something.”
Universal Real Estate services that property which has been bought for just under $1 million and while they can’t release the name of that buyer, they will be closing at the end of June.
Northampton fire and police, the State Police, and the State’s Fire Marshal Office are all investigating.
The damage is estimated at $25,ooo.