Person killed in Palmer house fire, cause of fire determined

Hampden County

PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – One person was killed in an early morning house fire on Maple Street in Bondsville Monday.

According to the Bondsville Fire Department, crews were called to 3010-3012 Maple Street for a report of a structure fire and possible entrapment called in by a neighbor at around 5:47 a.m. The fire was located at 3010 Maple Street that was extended to 3012 Maple Street. Crews made courageous efforts to locate a person and pets in the homes.

Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Information Officer Jennifer Mieth told 22News, an adult and only resident at 3010 Maple Street died in the fire. Fire crews were unable to located the the person due to the heavy fire conditions.

The cause of the fire was due to an improper disposal of smoking materials. The fire started from dry mulch, leaves and dried up potting soil in an area where smoking frequently occurred. Neighbors told investigators the victim would often be seen smoking in that area.

MAP: 3010 Maple Street in Bondsville

“It is always terribly sad when we lose one of our residents in a fire and on behalf of the Town of Palmer, I offer heartfelt condolences to family and friends. I am grateful that the working smoke alarms kept this tragedy from being worse by alerting the neighbor on the other side of the duplex,” said Bondsville Fire Chief John Daniels.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the residents at the adjoining home. A volunteer firefighter for Bondsville, Kyle Smith and his girlfriend Olivia Barbara lost most of their possessions. According to the post, they woke up with flames in their home and lost many belongings due to smoke and water damage. The GoFundMe has raised more than $9,000 as of Tuesday morning.

Mutual aid was provided by the following departments:

  • Palmer Fire Department
  • Three Rivers Fire Department
  • Ware Fire Department
  • Belchertown Fire Department
  • Ludlow Fire Department
  • Wilbraham Fire Department
  • Monson Fire Department
  • Palmer Police Department
  • Palmer Ambulance Service

The deadly house fire was investigated as an accident by the Palmer Police, Bondsville Fire Department and State Police assigned to both the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Hampden District Attorney’s Office.

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