AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a sad day for the dozens who weren’t able to return home Sunday night.
Agawam Fire Chief Alan Sirois told 22News although a few pets didn’t make it out alive, every resident was able to escape safely. 17 Agawam firefighters worked to put out the intense flames that burned through the windows at the Shibley Court Apartments in Feeding Hills Sunday afternoon. The apartment complex is on Shibley Court Street just off Springfield Street/Route 147.
Melissa Ortiz’s mom lived in that apartment. However, now all that’s left is its charred remains.
“She is destroyed she had ten birds in there, all of her stuff, all her belongings, she’s in bad condition right now, she is really upset, she lost everything and has to go to work tomorrow,” said Ortiz.
Residents of the Shibley Court Apartment Complex are now left to start over, after the fire burned through the ceiling forcing dozens of families into the cold. Nearly 70 people who lived in the 36 apartments in this complex were evacuated around 3:30 Sunday afternoon. They’re not sure when they’ll return to the apartment building.
Laurie Nadeau, a resident of the apartment complex told 22News, “The whole roof and everything’s gone and they saved my cat, they got my cat out, and I guess they’re going to put us up in a hotel and they’re going to take care of everything and we’ll all start our lives back.”
One resident told 22news as she was running outside, she felt the force of windows being blown out against her back, “Very scary, something like that I’d never want to do again.”
The State Fire Marshall’s office and Agawam’s Fire Department are still trying to figure out what started the fire. Agawam’s Fire Department told 22News The Red Cross took anyone without a place to stay to the American Legion Sunday night.