WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 64 year-old man has died following a fire in a Westfield home early Wednesday morning, which investigators say was caused by smoking.
Westfield Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Kane told 22News that the fire started around 1:00am at 23 Family Lane. He says firefighters were met with intense flames coming from the front of the home and through the roof.
It took crews about 45 minutes to put out the flames, and one person had to be rescued from the rear kitchen. Deputy Fire Chief Andy Hart told 22News that man was taken to Baystate Noble Hospital, but did not survive.
The State Fire Marshal was called in to help Westfield firefighters with their investigation. A news release sent to 22News by the fire marshal’s office Wednesday afternoon stated that the fire started on the living room couch, and was caused by smoking.
The remains of smoke alarms were found inside the home, but it is not clear whether they were working at the time of the fire.
The man who died is believed to have been the only resident of the home, the release stated.