Local, state agencies helping Westfield Powdermill Village fire victims

Hampden County

A state and municipal effort is underway to help the 21 families left homeless by Sunday’s fire at the Powdermill Village Apartment in Westfield.

Representatives from the Westfield Office of Emergency Management and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency say they’re working to restore the lives of the 57 people effected.

Mary Luz Vargas told 22News, her family has struggled since the Sunday fire.

“It’s been horrible, it’s a nightmare, we’re homeless with my two kids, it’s been a nightmare,” Vargas said.

Powdermill management had provided funds to cover temporary hotel accommodations for the victims.

Donations are being accepted at the Powdermill Village Community Center. The City of Westfield says that at this time, there is no need for clothing donations. If you have a question about donations, call Phyllis Ortona at 413-977-2886.

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey and Westfield Fire Chief Mary Regan determined Sunday’s fire at the Powdermill Village apartments was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials.

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