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Fire Forces Family of 10 out of Grove St Home

2-20-13 Grove Street Fire

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A family of ten is homeless after their house burned down Wednesday night.

Fire crews responded to 36 Grove Street at around 10:30 p.m.

The three story home had three apartments occupied by ten people, all related to each other.

Heavy black smoke and flames could be seen coming from the building, even on the ABC40 SkyCam.

“Smoke, a lot of smoke on the side. I was seeing a lot of smoke coming out of the window and I called the fire department,” said Carlos Santana.

Aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner Dennis Leger said the flames put other homes in danger as well.

“The house next door… it looks like there is $10,000 in damage to the siding there and there was a boat in the driveway between the two houses that’s got some significant damage too,” said Leger, “[The fire] got really hot, the distance between those houses is maybe 20 or 25 feet.”

Fire investigators believe the house is a complete loss.

No one was inured and the Red Cross is assisting the victims.

The cause is still under investigation.


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