Northampton, MA Fire, May 1855
FIRE IN NORTHAMPTON.----The dwelling house, barn and shop belonging to Moses Breck, was burned to the ground at midnight, Monday night, undoubtedly the work of an incendiary. The total loss is nearly $6,000, insured for but $2,750. Among the inmates of the house was Mr. Ebenezer Kingsley, 86 years of age, who was in feeble health, and occupied a room near where the fire broke out; but he was rescued uninjured. This is the third loss of Mr. Breck by fire, each time the work of an incendiary whose enmity had been caused probably by the fire temperance principles of Mr. B. The selectmen of Northampton have offered $500 for the detection of the incendiary.----Springfield Republican.
The Pittsfield Sun, Pittsfield, MA 24 May 1855