SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Red Cross assisted 21 people from 8 families affected by a fire that damaged 4 homes in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood Monday afternoon.
Dennis Leger, executive aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, told 22News that the fire started in a home at 28 Wesson Street around noontime. Leger said it appears the fire started on the ground outside the home; “There was a lot of combustible material near the house.” He also said the wind helped spread the flames to three other homes. The fire is considered accidental.
Leger told 22News that several people shot cell phone video of the fire as it flared up and intensified. Leger said it did not appear that the fire had been set.
Red Cross Spokeswoman Ashley Studley told 22News, “The Red Cross assisted 21 people from eight affected families. 11 of them have been put up in hotels. Two families were allowed to go back into their homes, and six others are staring with friends or family.
Heavy, black smoke could be seen from the 22News Springfield skycam looking south from downtown Springfield. When firefighters got there, the second floor of 28 Wesson Street was completely engulfed in flames.
Nora Fernands, who works nearby, told 22News that a man working on the home next door ran in and told her to call 911.
“A neighbor alerted me and asked me to come call police because he didn’t have a phone, and I called right away and when I walked outside, the back of the home was engulfed,” Fernands said.
The fire also damaged a house behind the Wesson Street home, located at 912 Belmont Avenue. Firefighters had blocked Belmont to traffic, and firefighters were spraying water on that home from ladder trucks.
Two other nearby homes and two garages also had exterior damage.
No one was injured during Monday’s fire, Leger said. The Arson and Bomb Squad is trying to pinpoint the cause. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call 787-6370.