ERVING, Mass. (WWLP) – A small child has been confirmed dead following a fire at a house in the eastern Franklin County town of Erving Tuesday morning.
Jim DeSimone, spokesperson for the state Department of Fire Services, told 22News that a young child died as a result of the fire at 10 West Main Street. He said that three other victims, all adults, have been taken to the hospital, though their conditions are not known at this time.
Mary Carey of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said an infant girl died in the fire. Nine people were in the home and some are being treated for injuries.
The identities of the child and of the surviving victims have not been released at this time.
A portion of Route 2 was shut down to traffic during the Tuesday morning commute because of the fire, which Erving Fire Chief Philip Wonkka said was reported at around 3:00 A.M.
Wonkka said that they believe the fire started outside of the home. He also said the home had working smoke detectors.
West Main Street (Route 2) was closed between Mountain Road and Church Street through the morning commute, but has since re-opened.
The chief said 13 surrounding community fire departments were called in to assist putting out the fire. The state fire marshal and MassDOT were also at the site of the fire.
The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time.