CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - In the past two days the American Red Cross has assisted eight different families in western Mass. who were in need after a fire.
Immediate emergency was needed following fires in Westfield, Northampton, and Springfield.
In Northampton, on April 3rd, fire forced three people from their two-family home on 24-26 Orchard Street around 1:55PM and lasted about an hour. It took multiple fire departments to assistant in controlling the fire.
In Westfield, on April 3rd, the first of three fires in two days, firefighters put out a two-family house fire at 72-74 Notre Dame Street in Westfield. The fire started around 5:00PM and was controlled quickly. Four people were left homeless.
The second fire in Westfield happened later Wednesday night around 7:12. Two people were left homeless after firefighters put out the fire at a two-family house on 45 Pleasant Street . A portion of Pleasant Street was blocked off for four hours.
In Westfield, on April 4th, a third fire erupted at 23 Aldrich Drive around 5:00PM. Three people were left homeless; the firefighters were even able to save the family cat.
In Springfield, on April 4th, thirteen people were left homeless after firefighters controlled a fire in a three-family house. The call came in for the fire around 4:30PM at 21 Blake Hill Street .
All families survived and were assisted by the Red Cross in all these fires; however tragically, early Thursday morning in Whately a mother and her daughter were killed. Fire occurred at 6 State Road in Whatley. The Red Cross did support the 50 firefighters that controlled the house fire.
According to Dawn Leaks, Regional Director of Communications, the Red Cross helped each family with immediate emergency needs including food, clothing and shelter. Red Cross Disaster Services will be in contact with all of the displaced in the coming days to assist with recovery.
For more information about the Red Cross and how you can help, www.redcross.org .