State Fire investigators trying to determine cause of tragic Greenfield house fire

Meridian Street neighbors told 22News they're devastated by this tragedy.

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- A fire trapped a Greenfield family in their home early Sunday.

No one inside was able to escape the flames.

The house fire took place at 140 Meridian Street in Greenfield around 5:00 AM Sunday morning. The family of four killed, included three adults and one child.

Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan said the family had lived on Meridian Street since 2003. State Police identified the victims as Brian Tower, his wife Florenda Tower, her son Raymond Wood and Raymond’s five year old son, William Clark. Tower was a long time Radio Maintenance Technician for the Massachusetts State Police in Northampton.

“He was always there to help Ray with rides wherever he needed to go. He was just always very kind, quiet, he was just a great person and a hard worker and really cared for his family,” said Lindsay Hamel of Greenfield.

“Anytime a family is lost there is sadness there, and it makes it even more when you’re a small community,” said Camden Guthrie of Deerfield. “You don’t think stuff like this happens to people, but it does.”

Brian Tower grew up in Franklin County, graduating from Franklin County Technical High School in Turners Falls. He worked his entire career at Troop B Headquarters in Northampton.

State Fire Marshal’s Office spokeswoman Jennifer Meith told 22News, it will be a few days before they determine the cause of the fire but they believe it was an accident.

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