Nearby house damaged during Holyoke building demolition

The house will likely have to be demolished

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – At least four people who lived next to the apartment building that caught on fire Sunday were left without a home.

A wall of bricks collapsed onto the home on North East Street during the demolition of the apartment building. Holyoke Fire Captain Anthony Ceruti told 22News four or five people were living in the home.

Holyoke Fire Chief John Pond said the residents were told to get out before the demolition crews started knocking down walls next door; “The house was already evacuated, we did give the occupants an opportunity to go in before we started take down the structure. We took down the structure for safety reasons so we could go in and do our investigation.

The City of Holyoke and the American Red Cross are helping the residents, along with the dozens of people who lived in the apartment building. Captain Ceruti said the house will likely have to be demolished as well.

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