SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Ten people and several pets were forced out of a two-story home on Dickinson Street in Springfield after a fire Friday afternoon.
The Springfield Fire Department was called to the house fire at 346 Dickinson Street just before 3 p.m., to find the multi-family home heavily engulfed in fire and smoke.
Captain Brian Tetreault of the Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad told 22News a neighbor alerted occupants of the home about the fire and assisted with them getting out of the house.
Joseph Hooey of Springfield told 22News, “I come looking down the street and I see the house is on fire. So I’m sitting there like, ‘woah, this is wild.’ I’m not use to this. I’m not use to seeing this stuff in my neighborhood. So I’m just worried. I was told kids live there and stuff like that.”
Four adults and two children from a first-floor apartment of the home and four adults, four dogs and four cats from a second-floor apartment were able to escape with no injuries reported. The Red Cross is assisting them.
Residents from one of the apartments reported that one of their cats was unaccounted for. Capt. Tetreault said after several searches by the fire department, no cat was found inside the home. It’s presumed that the cat exited the home on its own.
“Everyone did an outstanding job. We got the fire knocked down quickly nobody got hurt,” said Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi.
The house fire caused about $100,000 in damage.
The city’s Arson and Bomb Squad are still trying to determine what caused the house fire.
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