Chicopee firefighter hurt, 4 homeless in house fire

The Red Cross is helping a mother and three children

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A Chicopee firefighter was taken to Baystate Medical Center after being hurt outside a burning home on Alvord Avenue Friday night.

Acting Chicopee Deputy Fire Chief Wayne Lemay told 22News firefighters were called to 51 Alvord Avenue for a report of a dryer fire at 5:46 pm Friday.

“A rear first floor room was fully involved in flames,” Acting Deputy Lemay told 22News. “We had the fire out in 15 minutes.”

Acting Deputy Lemay said a firefighter suffered an unspecified injury outside the house. “He was brought to the hospital by ambulance as a precaution. He’s expected to be okay,” Lemay said.

51 Alvord Avenue is a 3-story, three-family apartment building on a dead-end street. Lemay said the Red Cross was helping the woman and three children who lived on the first floor. The occupants of the 2nd and 3rd floors are able to stay in their apartments.

Lemay said investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire, but he said, “the flames were concentrated in the area of the laundry room.”

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