Fire leaves 15 Chicopee residents without a home

Red Cross is assisting residents; families have not been allowed back inside

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A fire forced 15 Chicopee residents to evacuate their three story apartment building early Saturday morning.

Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Cross of the Chicopee Fire Department told 22News the fire, at 36 Artisan Street, started around 12:20 Saturday morning. He said crews arrived within minutes.

Our 22News cameras were rolling as the fierce flames burned through the third floor of the building. When our 22News crew arrived, flames were shooting through the windows on the third floor, and wind was whipping smoke into the air.

The fire torched the top floor of the apartment building, gutting the inside.

Everyone inside was forced to evacuate the six family apartment building, as firefighters worked to put out the flames that were burning through an apartment on the third floor. He said the fire was confined to one apartment. The woman who lived in that apartment was sent to a local hospital by ambulance to get checked out. No other injuries were reported.

The Red Cross is helping six residents find a place to stay. Deputy Fire Chief Cross said no one will be allowed back inside until the building has been inspected by both the electrical company, and business department.

The Holyoke Fire Department assisted the Chicopee Fire Department as mutual aid.

Deputy Fire Chief Cross told 22News the cause of the fire is still being investigated by the office of the State Fire Marshall.

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