SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 34-year-old man died early Wednesday morning after a fire tore though a home on Eleanor Road in Springfield.
Springfield Fire Spokesman, Dennis Leger, told 22News that firefighters were called to 19 Eleanor Road just before 12:30 A.M. Wednesday. It took firefighters about a half hour to get the fire under control, but areas of the home were still burning hours later.
One man, later identified as Justin Moody, was killed in the fire. Two other people inside the home made it out safely. They are now being helped by the American Red Cross.
The Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad determined that the fire started outside, in the front of the house.
Deanna Crapps lives directly across the street from where the fire burned and described to 22News the terrifying moments when the fire ripped through the home. “The whole front of the house was in flames and I just started screaming all of their names and screaming and screaming for help and screaming for them to come outside,” Crapps said.
Several neighbors and family members were gathered in the area around the house comforting each other throughout the morning. Neighbor David Callos told 22News his heart goes out to the rest of the family and is saddened at the loss of a friend. “He was just one of those quiet laid back guys that everyone just loved,” Callos said.
The State’s Fire Marshal and the Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad investigated and searched for a cause for several hours Wednesday morning. During their investigation 22News saw officials pull at least two rifles out from under the home’s front porch.