Fire put out at multi-family home in Chicopee

Firefighters called to apartment fire on Front Street Wednesday morning

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A multi-family home on Front Street in Chicopee caught fire Wednesday morning.

Chicopee Fire Chief Dean Desmarais told 22News residents of the apartment building located at 45-48 Front Street were evacuated safely and no one was hurt. Desmarais said firefighters were able to rescue pets from inside the home.

Desmarais told 22News the fire caused significant damage to the 8-unit, 2.5 story home, and said it was difficult to put out due to the building’s structure.

Crystal Burgos, her husband and two year-old daughter were among the residents who were alerted to get out of the building quickly.

“My mother-in-law ran into the house saying there was a fire,” Burgos said. “She told me there was a fire. He got a blanket for her and we ran outside.”

Another woman who evacuated the building had a four month-old baby in her arms. It is unknown at this time if any of the residents will be able to return to their home.

Numerous surrounding community fire departments were called in to provide Chicopee Fire with mutual aid. Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News drivers are being asked to avoid the area of 40 Front Street if possible.

 

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