7 homeless after 5 alarm fire in Ware

Photos sent to 22News via Report It showed heavy smoke coming from the building

Image courtesy: Cindy Korb via Report It

WARE, Mass. (WWLP) – Firefighters successfully put out a fire in Ware that began in an apartment unit above local businesses on Main Street, Tuesday afternoon.

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Image sent to 22News by Rebecca Chaffee via Report It.

The 5 alarm fire started in the apartments above Carrie’s Cuts and Otto Flower Shop on Main Street, forcing seven people from their homes. Multiple firefighters worked for several hours to control the fire.

Ware Fire Chief Thomas Coulombe told 22News there were no injuries involved in this fire. Chief Coulombe said the department first received a call at 2:30 p.m. from tenants who had severe smoke inside their apartments. The tenants said since the smoke conditions were so heavy, they decided to open the windows to air the building out, which ultimately caused the fire to spread.

The chief said weather was just one of several challenges.

“It’s an awful windy day, so you end up with some wind blown fire,” Coulombe explained. “The fact that we had 2 ambulances out at the same time was a staffing issue for us. So it took us a few extra minutes to get people on scene.”

Photos sent to 22News via Report It showed heavy smoke coming from the building, which houses businesses and apartments, on Main Street, just east of the intersection of Route 32. Flames could be seen coming from the roof, and a heavy plume of black smoke was visible through the downtown area.

Image courtesy: Cindy Korb via Report It
Image courtesy: Cindy Korb via Report It
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Image sent to 22News by Rob Venditto via Report It

Just next door, Niko’s Pizza was untouched, and he was able to stay open. “I guess I feel lucky,” John Christoulou, son of Niko’s Pizza owner, told 22News. I was hoping that some people across the street – because it was super smokey outside – and I thought that they could come in and we could make them some food or anything to eat.”

The State fire Marshall’s office is investigating the cause. Fire departments from Monson, Palmer, Belchertown, Warren, and Westover assisted with controlling the fire.

Main Street was blocked off from Church Street to Parker Street.

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