Apartment building was evacuated after fire started in Springfield

No one was injured

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Multiple residents were left without a place to stay Thursday night after a fire started at an apartment building on Salem Street in Springfield.

Springfield Fire Captain Pierre Grenier told 22News the fire started on the 1st floor of 19-21 Salem Street, and 8 apartments in the building had to be evacuated. No one was injured, but one woman and two cats were rescued from the fourth floor.

According to Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, the fire started around 10:19 p.m. Thursday in the living room of the first floor apartment. He said the cause of the fire is under investigation, and it is estimated that there was about $70,000 worth of damages.

The apartment on the second floor suffered heavy smoke, Capt. Grenier said.

The tenants from the 8 apartments are being helped by the American Red Cross.

When 22News first arrived just after 10:30 p.m., multiple fire trucks, police cruisers, and an ambulance filled Salem Street.

Both Salem and neighboring Spring Street were closed off as crews worked to put out the fire and clear the apartment building of smoke.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.