For the second day in a row, Springfield firefighters were called in to put out a fire at an apartment building on Belmont Avenue in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood.
Dennis Leger, the aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, told 22News that firefighters were called to 281 Belmont Avenue, just after 10:30 Wednesday morning. The building is just steps away from two apartment buildings that caught fire the day before, forcing some 41 people from their homes.
Fire officials determined embers from Tuesday night’s fire on Belmont Avenue started a fire on the roof of the apartment building across the street, forcing another 21 people to find someplace else to stay.
Springfield Fire spokesman Dennis Leger said code enforcement condemned 281 Belmont. Notices posted on the doors say no one can live there until repairs and inspections are made.
One business connected to the building was still open Wednesday, they said code enforcement was checking the property for water damage, and the shop was spared.
Rose Adriance, a resident of the neighborhood told 22News, “A lot of people were coughing, I was getting coughed up too. Smoke inhalation, cause even I felt it myself from like two blocks away.”
The seven adults and 14 children who were forced out are being assisted by the Red Cross.
The Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad is looking into the cause of the fire.