HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A two family home on Oak Street in Holyoke was destroyed after heavy fire and smoke took over the structure Monday night.
Holyoke Fire Department Captain Kevin Cavagnac told 22News crews received 911 calls about a fire in a 2.5 story duplex at 141 Oak Street at 8 p.m. Firefighters found smoke and heavy fire shooting from the top floor and attic of the home.
A local pastor is said to live there. Capt. Cavagnac said seven people were inside when the fire started and were able to escape without injuries.
“Seconds after, I heard like a voice that told me look up so then I looked up and there was a whole bunch of fire coming out to the window and so I ran inside the house and told everyone to start getting out of the house,” said Humberto Cruz.
It took crews nearly 45 minutes to put the fire out. Holyoke Fire Deputy Chief Mark Fortin told 22News the home is a total loss and that the cause of the fire is being investigated.
He added that firefighters started with an interior check and then the fire condition got worse so they had to get out and work on it from the exterior.
According to family members, insurance will pay to rebuild the damaged home.