NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — The cause of a fire that broke out Monday at an apartment complex in Northampton was due to a lighter spark.
The Northampton Fire Department says a child was playing with a lighter in a bedroom at the Meadowbrook Apartments on Bridge Road when it broke out.
It extended further into the structure and caused almost $500,000 in damages to twelve apartments in the complex.
Thirty-five people have been displaced, and one reported suffering a minor injury.
State Fire Marshall Stephen Coan says, “In 2011, children playing with matches, lighters and other heat sources caused 122 reported fires, 15 civilian injuries, three fire service injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $765,67.”
He adds, “Matches and lighters are tools not toys…watch your children, don’t let them play with these types of things.”
Northampton Fire, Police, and State Police were all part of the investigation.