Erving residents devastated by house fire that killed baby girl

Family cared for foster children, neighbors say

ERVING, Mass. (WWLP) – Firefighters and state fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire that killed a baby in Erving Tuesday morning.

People living and working near the home on West Main Street (Route 2) told 22News that Erving is a tight-knit community. They are devastated to hear a baby girl died in Tuesday morning’s house fire, just days before Thanksgiving.

When 22News got to 10 West Main Street Wednesday morning, an employee working across the street was seen consoling a person who lived at the house. Nine people were inside the home during the fire. Everyone made it out except for that baby girl.

Neighbors told us that the family is very loving, and cared for foster children; which is why there were so many people inside that home.

“They are good people and work very hard in caring for children, and that’s really important. They seem to just be very willing to open their home,” neighbor Ronny Ann Bohrer said.

“They’re a nice family. They are very good parents and they do foster some of the children. They’re a tight-knit, close knit family,” said Mary Cichanowicz, who works down the street.

The state fire marshal’s office believes that the fire started outside, but they have not yet determined just how the fire started.