2 women die in Whately fire overnight
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.