Southpoint Apartments (most fire damage to rear center building)
Fire cause has been determined: Tenant left (for the day) a pot on the stove
Considering it took an army of firefighters three hours to bring the stubborn Saturday afternoon blaze under control, I'm actually surprised there's not way more extensive damage to the roof of the structure.
I just now noticed the time/date stamp on this iPhone video I took, which shows 5:02 PM on Saturday. Considering the first AFD engine was still a few minutes away, kind of gives you an idea of how far along the fire was before a drop of water was brought to bear
And of course it did not help that the initial arrival truck, Engine 1, had only one firefighter aboard.
Frustrating statement from AFD Local 1764 regarding Southpoint Apartments fire:
Now if you really want to lose sleep tonight envision this scenario repeating itself three weeks from now at Townhouse Apartments in North Amherst, which is almost exclusively UMass students.
And on a Saturday at 5:00 PM too many of them will be under the influence of alcohol.
The extra staffing (4 firefighters) UMass pays for do not report for duty until 9:00 PM on the weekends.
Pay attention! (nothing to cheer about):