HAMPDEN, Mass. (WWLP) - Fire destroyed a one million dollar home in the town of Hampden Friday night, and now the State Fire Marshal is looking into the possibility the house had been set ablaze.
The 6,000 square foot home was just recently sold and in a matter of hours was reduced to rubble.
"The fire definitely has a head start on us. We were here in three minutes...and it was already through the roof when we arrived," said Hampden Fire Chief Mike Gorski.
Hampden Fire Chief Mike Gorski says the fire got even tougher to fight when the winds picked up around 9:30 and started a brush fire in the woods.
There are also no fire hydrants in Hampden, so fighting a fire of that size required pumping it in from nearby ponds and getting help from neighboring towns.
Hampden resident Marty Harrington appreciates the volunteer firefighters in town and the work they do.
"I grew up in Springfield and there was a fire hydrant on every corner. They do a wonderful job...but it's a big barrier for them," said Marty Harrington of Hampden.
"We had a lot of help from neighboring towns. Six towns helping us both with the brush fire and hauling the water and here at the fire scene," said Chief Gorski.
Rebecca Capuano lives nearby. She walks past the home often and often marveled at its beauty. Now she can't believe the way it looks today.
"I was in shock. My jaw literally dropped to the ground. You see what's left. I'm just in awe," said Rebecca Capuano of Hampden.
So what was once a beautiful home is now a smoldering ruin and the subject of a criminal investigation. The State Fire Marshal's Office will determine how the fire started.