Family is homeless after fire destroyed home in Amherst

Home is located at 29 Tamarack Drive

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – An Amherst family is without a place to call home after their house was destroyed by fire.

At around noon Wednesday, a gas worker saw a house on fire and called 911. By the time Amherst firefighters got there, the house at 29 Tamarack Drive was already engulfed in flames and smoke.

Neighbor Bert Miller told 22News that he was curious when he saw the fire department arrive.

“I just happened to look out the window and I saw all these fire trucks and came out to investigate and see what was happening, and I realized that building is on fire,” Miller said.

Amherst Assistant Fire Chief Lindsay Stromgren told 22News that at least two people live in the home, but neighbors told 22News that the couple also has children.

The Amherst Fire Department also said that the family may own cats and dogs.

No one was home when the fire started in the second floor, and burned through the roof.

It is still unclear what caused the fire. The state fire marshal’s office will investigate, and the Red Cross was called to offer the family food, clothing, and a place to stay.

Monday’s fire was a “two alarm” fire; the Northampton Fire Department was called in to assist their colleagues from Amherst.

Firefighters did go inside the burning home, but after they found no victims, they went back inside.

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