Trailer fires caused bad odor in Holyoke

Police said fire may have been intentionally set

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – After two trailers caught fire on Sargent Street in Holyoke, Sunday night, residents told 22News a bad odor filled the air.

“I looked out the window, and it was a bowl of like black smoke. Real bad smelling,” said Hector Pagan, who added that the smell filled his apartment three minutes away from where the fire started, near the intersection of Sargent Street and Commercial Street. He said the smell stayed in the air until Monday morning.

Related: TV remotes in trailers believed to be set on fire in Holyoke

The fire started around 7:00 p.m. Sunday night. Holyoke Deputy Fire Chief Mark Fortin told 22News the fire smoldered all night, and was not complete put out until 1:30 p.m. Monday. He said two trailers were damaged, and the three other trailers at the loading dock could not be moved until the fire was out.

Holyoke firefighters asked the Westover Air Reserve Base to bring in their foam truck to help put out the fire. The State Fire Marshal’s office said no one was hurt.

Holyoke Police Lt. Isaias Cruz told 22News they believe the fire was intentionally set. He said the trailers were filled with Comcast television remotes when they caught fire. The stench of burning plastic spread to neighboring Chicopee.

The State Fire Marshal said they identified the truck’s owners and are working with the Holyoke Fire Department to determine the cause of the fire.