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2 women die in Whately fire overnight

Fire on 6 State Rd. in Whately Thursday morning.

Fire on 6 State Rd. in Whately Thursday morning.

WHATELY — Authorities say two women — an elderly mother and her adult daughter — died in a house fire late last night.

They were identified as Mary Golonka, 94, and Sonia Golonka, 64, of 6 State Road.

Fire Chief John Hannum said this is the first fatal fire in town in 40 years. He said the fire seems to have started with a malfunctioning wood-burning heater.

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says the fire in the single-family farmhouse was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Whately fire officials say the victims were pulled from the home and taken to a Northampton hospital.

The fire is being investigated by the Whately chief, the state fire marshal and state troopers attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

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