HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A sad day in Holyoke, as dozens of families were driven out of their apartments by a raging fire late Sunday morning. The families are grateful that everyone got out safely.
Flames tore through the building at 370 High Street in Holyoke Sunday morning, around 11am, leaving dozens of families homeless.
Holyoke Fire Department spokesman Captain Anthony Cerruti told 22News that a brand new alarm system quickly alerted all of the tenants to get out of the building safely. The alarm alerted the fire department and they were there within minutes.
Neighbor Carlos Doorres said, “I just saw the smoke and saw the fire. And I was worried because over there live little kids and families.”
Families watched helplessly, as the flames engulfed their memories and belongings.
Captain Cerruti told 22News, firefighter also rescued a rabbit and ferret. The rabbit belonged to a special needs child. Both were elated to be reunited.
The cause of this fire is unknown at this time. The state fire marshal’s office is investigating.
The Red Cross is assisting the families who were displaced by the fire