Investigation into Holyoke house fire

Holyoke vacant house fire

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Fire investigators are expected to be back in Holyoke Thursday trying to determine what started a house fire Wednesday night.

It was a close call for firefighters battling the flames that quickly engulfed the vacant house at 899 Main Street. Firefighters had to switch their strategy at one point to avoid the flames that could be seen 25 feet in the air.

The fire started just before 6:00 Wednesday night, according to Holyoke Fire Captain Anthony Cerruti.

Firefighters were knocking windows out to ventilate the second floor of the building when the flames started getting larger.  They were able to get out just before the upper floors burst into flames.  Since no one was inside they switched their strategy to dousing the flames from outside.

The Chicopee Fire Department assisted with mutual aid.

No one was hurt.

Nothing is being ruled out; as it is a vacant home, investigators will be looking into arson and any other causes.

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