Smoke could be seen from a long way off
Smoke and fire billowed from the roof
Engine 2, the quint, was quickly on scene
Firefighters from Hadley, Pelham, Northampton, South Hadley, Belchertown and South County Ambulance joined every available member of AFD including the Call Force to go toe to toe with a stubborn fire that wreaked havoc on an 8 unit apartment building, but fortunately not finding human flesh to consume.
West side where fire originated
Although at least one firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion due to hot muggy weather, and performing strenuous activity in heavy turn out gear.
Turnout gear is especially hot on a day like today
Hot, demanding, dangerous work
The fire apparently started around 1:30 PM at the far western end of the building but managed to make it all the way to the far east end via the attic, the Achilles heel of circa mid-1970s or 1980s construction.
AFD E2 left Hadley Ladder right
Amherst Engine 2, an aerial which can throw up to 1,000 gallons per minute from the top of her 75 foot ladder and Hadley's Ladder Truck with slightly better capabilities took up positions at each end of the building and unleashed water as though it were Niagara Falls.
But The Beast was having none of that and continued to consume the wooden two story building at a ravenous rate.
The opposite end of the building from where the fire first started
After just over four hours of pitched battle, by 6:00 PM, The Beast was put down.