HAMPDEN, Mass. (WWLP) - One after another, residents of western Mass. have watched homes burn to the ground.
"There's like a hill over there and you saw all the smoke, I can't believe how long it took them to put out," said Hampden's Melanie Secundino.
On Friday night, a million dollar home in Hampden was destroyed, in Wales, four people were left homeless after flames destroyed their house.
Earlier this week a mother and daughter were killed in a house fire in Whately as firefighters in Westfield responded to 3 of their own disasters.
"It's scary, it really is scary when you hear about it because it could happen to anybody," said Chicopee's Pat Bousquet.
Fire safety experts say homeowners should take these frequent fires into consideration and use this time to now do you own safety checks.
Things like check your smoke detectors batteries, inspect the wiring in your home and clean your heaters.
"We have a wood stove and annually, we clean the wood stove and we have the chimney sweepers come in every other year," said Chicopee's Ellen Dzirua.
It's not just firefighters who have been busy.
Mary Nathan with the American Red Cross said they're on the verge of being over budget.
"We usually, on average do about 100 house fires a year. We're already last night at 98 and our fiscal year has 3 more months to go. So, we are going to be well over what we normally plan for," Nathan said.
As families are forced to start over with virtually nothing, their Western Massachusetts neighbors are hoping the house fires don't spread even further.
Of course that's a concern for all of the neighborhoods and the families in those neighorhoods," Dzirua added.
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