23 people homeless after fire in West Springfield

The roof burned off an apartment building on Bosworth Street across from the Big E

Photo Courtesy: Reportit

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – West Springfield firefighters put out a fire that damaged two buildings on a street not far from the Big E Friday night.

A West Springfield Fire dispatcher told 22News the fire appeared to have started in a multi-family residential building at 88-90 Bosworth Street, and the flames spread to a second building.  It was unclear if the second building was residential or commercial.

Several viewers sent video to 22News through the Reportit feature showing widespread flames shooting out of the roof of the building.

During multiple 22News “live shots” at 10:00 and 11:00 pm Friday, it was apparent the roof had been totally burned away from the residential building.  Firefighters were attacking the fire with water from both the front and rear of the building.

There are no reports of injuries.  Neighbors told 22News that everyone inside got out safely. 23 were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross is assisting those families.

The fire was first reported at 9:25 p.m. and took about 45 minutes to extinguish. Bosworth Street was closed from Memorial Ave. to Cold Spring Ave.  Bosworth Street is across Memorial Ave from the Big E.

West Springfield police Captain Robert Duffy told 22News that The Big E was letting out at the same time firefighters were working to put out the fire.  “All that traffic added to the confusion,” Captain Duffy said.  One fair-goer told 22News that she was unable to get to her car because it was parked too close to the fire site.

The fire was stubborn.  Smoldering embers flared up along the roof-line about an hour and a half after the fire had been extinguished.

The fire caused an estimated $300,000 in damage.