SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One dog died and four people were taken to the hospital after a fire destroyed a home in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood Saturday afternoon.
According to Springfield Fire Captain Drew Piemonte, firefighters were called to 30 Mansfield Street for a report of a building on fire just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Our 22News crew saw the front of the building heavily damaged. A car in the front of the house was also heavily burned and flames could seen coming from the front of the vehicle. Debris of what looked like the front porch was broken down into rubble in front of the house.
The Springfield Fire Department requested for assistance from East Longmeadow and Agawam fire departments to put out the fire.
“First companies on scene had fire on two floors, they sounded immediate second alarm, brought in some more help,” Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi told 22News. “We started to get exposure problems on the building on the right and the left. Due to the volume of fire, they both caught on fire. Went to a third alarm, we’ve got every company in the city now working.”
Crews were able to put out the fire just before 2 p.m. Piemonte told 22News the 3-alarm fire damaged eight structures and destroyed four vehicles.
One family dog was killed in the fire and four people were taken to the hospital but are expected to be okay.
Three additional families are being assisted by the Red Cross.
The Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad is looking into what caused the fire.