Nine people without a home after house fire in Chicopee

Hampden County

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – New information on a house fire that left nine people homeless in Chicopee Friday night.

Officer Mike Wilk, the Chicopee Police spokesman, said he was within a block of this burning house on Grove Avenue when the fire started. 

Flames covered the back of a two-family home at 19-21 Grove Avenue in Chicopee at around 4:30 Friday afternoon. 

Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk said he and his son were in the neighborhood when they saw the smoke and jumped into action.

“Myself, my son, and a neighbor went in,” said Wilk. “We met kids right at the entrance.  We got them out.  We got them to a safe zone.  Went back in and checked every floor. My son found the mother on the second floor where the fire was.  Was able to get her out and I checked the 3rd floor to make sure nobody was left around.”

The Red Cross was helping nine people from two families Friday night.

Chicopee Fire Captain Edward Marcoux told 22News the fire started on the rear porch of the second floor. They’ve brought in two fire investigators but the cause of the fire, so far, is undetermined.

No one was hurt.

Several Streets were shut down in this neighborhood earlier Friday night. but the streets had since re-opened.

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