18 homeless after Springfield house fire

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)-  A  fire at a two-family home on Vinton Street forced 17 people from their home late Tuesday night.

Executive Aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, Dennis Leger told 22News that firefighters were called to the  fire  at 29 Vinton Street in the Liberty Heights neighborhood at 11:43 p.m.

Smoke and flames could be seen a couple miles away on Interstate 391 during the fire.

The 11 adults and 7 children that lived inside the two-family home made it outside by themselves, Leger said.

No one was injured, Leger said.

Leger told 22News it took over an hour to get the fire under control and the house is a total loss.

An arson and bomb investigation team is still trying to determine the cause of the fire, Leger said.

Two adjacent homes were also damaged from the fire.

The home at 27 Vinton Street, which is only ten feet away, had significant damage to its siding and windows.  Another home at 37 Vinton Street had less damage to its windows and siding, Leger said.

The residents of both adjacent homes were temporarily evacuated, but were allowed back inside because there was no significant fire or water damage inside, Leger said.

The Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the 18 people that have been left without a place to stay with housing, food, and clothing, Leger said.

Six of the residents are planning to stay with family, and 12 have been put in hotels temporarily.

 

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