SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A close-knit neighborhood in Springfield's Forest Park section experienced the scare of their lives, Wednesday morning.
Ashley Deso was the only one awake when a fire ignited around 4:30AM, inside her home, at 48 Chase Avenue.
"There was just this big flash of light that came in through the living room window and then I just ran yelling fire", said Deso.
It was a warning that came at just the right time. Ashley proceeded to wake-up her entire family to warn them that they had to escape. They tried leaving through the front door, but saw their porch was engulfed with flames--so they ran out the back. As the Desos rushed out of their home, they watched it quickly go up in flames.
"When I got here, everything was intense. All I saw was the chimney of a house, and then I happened to look at my sister's house and I saw it was on fire; and of course I just broke down", Michael Bess told 22News.
The fire continued to spread rapidly. In total, two multi-family homes were completely destroyed, 6 others sustained minor damages.
"I was the last one out [of my house]. I almost got caught in [the fire], but I woke up and ran outside", explained Kendall Mack, who lived in the second multi-family home destroyed by the fire.
Fortunately, Springfield Aide to the Fire Commissioner Dennis Leger said there were no injuries reported from this fire. But there's still no official word on what caused the Chase Ave. blaze. However, Leger told 22News that police did receive reports of someone setting off fireworks in the area just before the fire started.
In total, 15 people are now homeless. The Red Cross is now assisting those families who lost everything.