NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - A Monday afternoon fire in the Florence section of Northampton forced an estimated 39 people from their apartments.
The American Red Cross is assisting fifteen families, 15 children and 24 adults, who were displaced by the fire.
Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan told 22News they received the call about the fire at the Meadowbrook Apartments on Bridge Road around 1:00 P.M.
Chief Duggan says the fire started in the basement of Building #2, and the fire worked its way to the building's second floor; causing extensive damage to the structure.
Check out the raw video to get a look at some of the damage.
Holding her dog, Monte Montgomery was one of the Meadowbrook residents 22News found outside the burning building.
"I was with my friends and we were watching TV and I was on the computer, and all of a sudden we heard a fire drill and we thought nothing of it, because it's happened many times before. Then, my mom went to check, she said there was a fire and we just all ran out grabbed the important stuff and left," she said.
Chief Duggan said that the heat made it difficult to put out the fire which was still smoldering at 2:15PM.
Duggan says that one minor injury was reported.
According to Dawn Leaks of the American Red Cross of Central & Western MA, the Red Cross is assisting all 15 families with financial assistance for food and comfort kits. Three of the families were given additional resource for clothing.
For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, visit www.redcross.org/pioneervalley .