Holyoke apartment fire left one dead and 14 homeless

The Red Cross is helping 14 people find another place to stay.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) –  A Holyoke apartment fire Saturday morning resulted in the death of one man.

“It’s heavy and it’s hurtful,” said Isis Feliciano.

This is what individuals left devastated by a fire at 113 Newton Street in Holyoke felt, as they watched everything they owned
disappear and thick smoke and flames grow from their homes. Many weren’t given enough time to grab warm clothing to wear and were left standing in the cold with only the clothes on their backs.

Captain Kevin Cavagnac of the Holyoke Fire Department told 22News that at least 14 people are now without a place to stay as a result of this fire. Cavagnac told 22News that crews responded to this fire just after 5 a.m.Saturday morning. South Hadley, Chicopee and Westover Fire Departments responded to the call, as well.

As a result of this, fire victims were left without basic necessities. That’s where the western Massachusetts chapter of the Red Cross
came in.

But more assistance is still needed.

“This is a very traumatic event for them and we’re working very hard to try to help them get ready for the next steps as they recover,” said disaster volunteer Ellen Patashnick.

The disaster relief volunteers also emphasized the need for financial donations, especially going into fire season. In addition, support from the community is what many say is most needed.

Feliciano also told 22News that the strength this community has is what will help them to heal and get through this tough time.