GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One person was taken to the hospital for injuries following a house fire and explosion in Greenfield.
According to the Greenfield Fire Department, there is no word at this time on the severity of the injuries the person sustained in the house explosion.
Firefighters in Greenfield were able to contain the fire to just the home, located on Prospect Street.
Saul Fairlie of Greenfield lives on Prospect Street where this all occurred. He was home with a friend when the explosion happened. He told 22News that his friend saw the explosion and then flames.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Fairlie. “It’s kind of wild to have this right across the street from where I live. Out of the blue, like explosive flames basically shot out of the basement.”
Because the building was compromised due to the explosion, firefighters were forced to fight the fire from the outside, using aerial ladders to spray water through the roof.
Fire crews from Turners Falls, Bernardston, Deerfield, and Brattleboro, Vermont were called-in to assist the Greenfield Fire Department.
But according to Greenfield’s fire chief, the structure was ultimately deemed unsafe and the house had to be demolished
The explosion was reported to occur around 1:30 p.m. according to Jennifer Mieth, spokesperson for the Department of Fire Services.
The cause of the fire is now being investigated by the local police department as well as the Massachusetts State Fire Marshall.