One dead after apartment fire in Three Rivers

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One person is dead and more than 10 people are now without a place to stay after a fire overnight in Three Rivers destroyed a multi-family home.

Department of Fire Services Public Information Officer Jennifer Mieth told 22News an adult was killed in the fire that started around 2 o’clock Thursday morning at 9-15 Springfield Street.

Three Rivers Fire Chief Scott Turner said there were no additional reports of injuries in the fire. Turner also said a total of 11 people lived in the multi-family brick building.

22News spoke with one person who jumped from the building. He said he wasn’t wearing clothes when got out.

“Only thing I grabbed was my wallet, I just happened to see it as I was running out the door,” said Dalton Allard. “Everything  else, my whole top floor got burnt away. At least I’m all right.”

The western Massachsuetts chapter of the Red Cross was already assisting people when 22News got there.

With all the fires western Massachusetts has seen this season, Executive Director Jen Garutti told 22News, it does put a strain on resources but they are prepared.

“We have a very robust volunteer team and we are always looking for new volunteers to train up to become part of our disaster action team, which the volunteers that respond to the fires like we have going on,” said Garutti.

She also stressed the importance of every home having a fire escape plan.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is working with the Three Rivers Fire Department, Palmer Police Department, and the Hampden District Attorney’s Office to determine the cause of the fire.

Firefighters from the different villages of Palmer, as well as surrounding towns, including Belchertown, Ludlow, Monson, and Ware were all called in to help put out the flames.

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