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   Date: 1/12/10 Bookmark and Share

Smith Assists with Local Fires Relief

Smith College will make two gifts to assist with the losses related to the spate of arson fires set in Northampton on December 27 that claimed the lives of two local men.

The college will donate $5,000 to the City of Northampton to aide the fire and police departments with costs associated with public safety and the investigation surrounding the incidents. In addition, the college will give $2,500 to the Northampton Neighbors Relief Fund, a special fund set up by the United Way of Hampshire County, administered by Northampton Cooperative Bank.

Authorities report as many as 15 separate fires were set between 2 and 3:15 a.m. on December 27, all within a half-mile radius in mostly residential neighborhoods between downtown Northampton and the municipal airport. An arrest has been made in connection with the fires.

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