SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A man and a baby were rushed to the hospital Monday night after a fire forced 11 people into the street in Springfield's Mason Square.
The American Red Cross is assisting nine adults and two infants.
Flames were shooting out the roof, and smoke was pouring out of the three-story, two-family house at 318 Wilbraham Road Monday night.
Aide to the Fire Commissioner, Dennis Leger told 22News that a man on the second floor was overcome by smoke, and rushed to the hospital after the rescue squad carried him out a window and down an aerial ladder.
A four month-old baby, that was having trouble breathing, was also brought to the hospital. The baby was taken to the hospital after 45 minutes or so, after the family safely escaped the fire.
Neighbors say the flames spread quickly in these older homes. "These fires don't have a lot of fire retardant product built into them and it would be really great if we could have some kind of classes to let us know what we can do to help prevent these older buildings from burning," said Grayze-Lynda Sypteras of Springfield.
Leger said the fire started on the first floor at about 6:15 and while the Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad is investigating the cause, it appears to be accidental. Firefighters were working past 11:00 p.m. to make sure the fire didn't start again.