SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – A sad Mother’s Day for a family of four at 134 Feeding Hills Road in Southwick. Their home was nearly completely destroyed by fire.
Southwick Fire Chief Richard Anderson told 22News the fire was caused by an illegal burn in the backyard.
The family was burning in a steel barrel. The barrel was only about 15 feet away from the home. Chief Anderson said the barrel had holes in it. He said the wind picked up the flames and caught the garage on fire.
The mother, father, and two young boys who live in the home all made it out safely. They are staying with family and friends.
The Southwick Fire Department can be credited with saving the home from burning to the ground.
While the garage is destroyed, and the family room is damaged, firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to the rest of the home.
Chief Anderson said the family should eventually be able to move back in.
The fire started around 2:30 Sunday afternoon. Firefighters were still working as of 5:00pm. Chief Anderson said they want to make sure there’s no carbon monoxide gas in the home before turning it back over to the homeowner.
Feedings Hills Road, which was blocked off at Great Brook Lane and Shagback Road is expected to reopen by early Sunday evening.