13 forced out of multi-family home in fire

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The American Red Cross is helping thirteen people that were burned out of a three-family house in Springfield’s South End, Friday afternoon.

Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, told 22News that when firefighter arrived at 72 Acushnet Avenue, smoke and flames were pouring out of the upper floors.

Ledger said the fire started shortly before 2:00 p.m. in a second floor bedroom in the rear, and it took firefighters an hour to get under control.

Two firefighters suffered minor burn injuries to the head and face while trying to put out the fire. According to Leger, they originally had been putting out the fire from the inside, but after the two firefighters were burned, they switched to fighting the fire solely from the outside.

Red Cross Disaster Services is providing assistance to five families; twelve adults and one baby. Ledger said the house is a total loss.

No word yet how the fire started.

Acushnet Avenue is a side street located near the intersection of Main and Locust Streets.

Acushnet Ave in Springfield Fire. Photo by Springfield Fire Department

Acushnet Ave in Springfield Fire. Photo by Springfield Fire Department

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