SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A fire Sunday morning forced the evacuation of dozens of people who live at the Kimball Towers Condominiums on Chestnut Street in downtown Springfield.
Firefighters quickly put out a fifth floor apartment kitchen fire at the more than 100 year old building, which had once been one of Springfield’s landmark hotels. Fire department spokesman Dennis Leger told 22News, the fifty to sixty people living there had to be evacuated just before five o’clock this morning.
Kimberly Sargeant and her daughter were among those who were forced to get up early because of the fire.
Kimberly Sargeant told 22News, “We had a fire here last summer on the 4th floor which was pretty bad, we were out for hours so I have a tendency not to get up unless I smell fire. She’s sleeping but the fire was on the fifth floor and I guess it was pretty bad.”
The 5th floor kitchen fire had left a man temporarily without a place to live.
The fire department’s Dennis leger said it’s his understanding the landlord will find another apartment for the fire victim. The man wasn’t hurt.