A popular vocational school in Western Mass. sustains fire damage

Boy, sometimes lightning Is strike twice, county of Berkshire. And not in a good way. Talk about a streak of bad luck for this popular vocational school. Heck, two of my nephews went to school here.

The school I’m talking about? Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton. When I say bad luck, I’m not kidding. Just a day after sustaining roof damage to a building on campus due to Sunday’s severe thunderstorm, they had to contend with a fire in another building on campus.

I can’t make this thing up, guys. After Sunday night’s storm caused a partial roof collapse of one of their on-campus buildings, a fire severely damaged another building yesterday afternoon.

According to a Facebook Northampton Fire Rescue post, crews were called to Smith Vocational at around 2pm on Monday May 23. Thanks to their heroism, the 2-alarm fire was put out fairly quickly. However, fire crews stayed for several hours afterwards to make sure everyone was safe and to search for any hot spots.

According to the Northampton Fire Department, the building (Building E) is a total loss, with over $400,000 in damage. And that’s just the building itself, not including what was inside (classrooms and lawn equipment like tractors, lawnmowers, etc.)

Luckily no one was hurt and everyone is safe. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Northampton Police and Fire Brigade. For more information (and a quick video), check out the Northampton Fire Rescue Facebook page here.

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