SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Kathy Pederson from Springfield's Water & Sewer Department confirmed for 22News that it was a water main that ruptured on Chase Avenue Wednesday morning in the Forest Park section of Springfield.
The low water pressure forced firefighters to use hydrants further away. According to the Aide to the Fire Commission, Dennis Leger, it affected the time it took for firefighters to put out the flames.
Leger said they think the fire started on the front porch of 48 Chase Avenue. It then spread to the house next door, which was also destroyed.
James Bess lives in that home and told 22News about this terrifying experience. "As I got up to get my little two year old cousin, we could smell fire and as we came out the back door we could see the flames coming toward our house. Then the front porch slowly caught on fire. It's just devastating. You live here for 14 years and all the memories, and then to lose it all."
15 people are now homeless.
There is still no official word on what caused the fire, although Dennis Leger told 22News that the police did receive reports of someone setting off fireworks in the area around the same time as the fire.