Wednesday was a busy night for Westfield firefighters who had to deal with four different fires and a very serious accident, all in the same time frame.
First off, there was a head-on collision involving a car and an SUV, right in front of the one-story apartment building that burned Tuesday night on Southampton Road. Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage.
Westfield Police Sgt. Michael Gibbons told 22News one of the vehicles drifted across the center line in front of 810 Southampton Road, just before 5:30 Wednesday night.
Sgt. Gibbons said one person was rushed to the hospital. No information on their condition.
First responders from Westfield Fire helped rescue that accident victim. Those EMT’s were dispatched while Westfield firefighters were dealing with a fire in an office building at 53 Southampton Road.
Westfield Deputy Fire Chief Eric Bishop told 22News the fire started in the mulch outside the Tighe and Bond building.
Deputy Chief Bishop said someone was careless with a cigarette, and the fire spread from the mulch to the interior of the building, where it got into the walls and ceiling.
Bishop said the fire spread quickly because of the dry and windy conditions.
And Westfield Firefighters had to deal with three other fires at pretty much the same time.
Deputy Chief Bishop said someone lit a grill too close to the house on Jeremy Road but firefighters were able to stop the flames before they caused too much damage.
There were also two separate brush fires. Southampton Fire came in with mutual aid to deal with one of the brush fires.