Wind made it difficult to put out Springfield house fire

Fire started on back porch of 20 Crosby Street

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Flames coming from the rear of the vacant house at 20 Crosby Street in Springfield. Image Courtesy: Springfield Fire Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield firefighters had to deal with some strong gusty winds as they worked to get a fire at a vacant house under control Tuesday afternoon.

According to Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, the fire started on a back porch of 20 Crosby Street in the city’s Six Corners neighborhood. Flames could be seen coming from the rear of the three-story wood-frame house, and Leger told 22News that the high winds made things more difficult.

Leger told 22News that neighbors called 911 after seeing the fire. The fire was controlled and no injuries were reported. The Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad was called in to figure out what caused the fire.

Springfield Firefighters also had to deal with two other fires within the same hour on Tuesday. They put out another house fire on White Street, and then a large brush fire near the rail road tracks next to Verge Street.

Leger told 22News that the fire department was stretched thin. The Ludlow Fire Department helped to put out the brush fire.

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