Holyoke Firefighters control fire at vacant house

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Holyoke firefighters were able to get out of a burning house on Main Street Wednesday night before the upper floors burst into flames.

Firefighters were knocking windows out to ventilate the second floor of 899 Main Street, when the fire suddenly flared up. The entire second floor became engulfed in flames that shot 25 feet into the air.

The house was vacant, and no one was inside, so firefighters switched their strategy to dousing the flames from the outside. They had to get out fast.

Doug Bitt, who lives on Main Street, told 22News, “It just started from the second floor and the windows were popping out. The flames were flying up in the air. The fire was up 20 to 25 feet in the air. It’s a pretty spectacular fire.”

Holyoke Fire Captain Anthony Cerruti told 22News the fire started in this vacant two and a half story house just before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. The owner operates an auto repair shop next door.

Capt. Cerruti also said the Chicopee Fire Department assisted with mutual aide.

No one was hurt, and the cause of the fire is being investigated.

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