SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Fifteen people have no place to live, following a massive fire in Springfield's Forest Park neighborhood, which sent smoke up into the air that could be seen for miles.
Dennis Leger, Aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, told 22News shortly before 5:00 Wednesday morning, homes at 40 and 48 Chase Avenue were destroyed and six other homes were affected by the fire.
Also, 1 car was destroyed, 4 others damaged in the fire. A total of about 1/2 million dollars in damages, Leger said.
22News has received reports that the smoke was visible from as far away as Holyoke. No one was hurt, Leger said, but several pets are still missing.
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The intense heat from the fire melted siding and roof shingles, and shattered windows of nearby homes. At least four cars were also damaged.
Michael Bess's sister lost her home in the fire. He told 22News what the experience was like for him.
"When I got here, everything was intense. All I saw was the chimney of that house, and then I happened to look at my sister's house, and I saw that it was on fire. And of course, you know, I just broke down," Bess said.
While 15 people live in the destroyed homes, the American Red Cross is assisting at least 22 people who live in the area at this time.
The Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad has been called in to investigate. Leger says that at this time, it appears the fire started on the front porch of 48 Chase Avenue.
Firefighters remained on Chase Avenue after noontime Wednesday, spraying water on the rubble of the homes, to ensure the fire does not start again.