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Family Left Displaced by Grove Street Fire Works to Pick Up the Pieces


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Fire investigators are searching for a cause of the fire that left a family of 10 homeless late last night.

Thursday morning, they were able to return and assess the damage.

“I’m speechless. I’m teary eyed. I’m confused. I’m scared. I’m all of that, like I said this is our whole entire life in that house and it’s ashes right now.”

Generations of memories up in smoke when fire ravaged this home on Grove Street Wednesday night.

A tight knit family of 10 had precious few moments to get out alive

“We all escorted out the house because it was a one second thing. We tried to take everything out, but we couldn’t because the fire was too quick,” says Blanca Rodriguez

Rodriguez believes in what electrical wiring that sparked the blaze that quickly rose to the upper floors

“I was in the shower…so was my brother. Everything started on the first floor. We are running around trying to see whats going on trying to get everyone out,” added Luis Colon.

Colon’s brother had no choice but to jump to escape the flames. “My brother was lucky enough he caught in between he had to jump out the second floor. He had some scrapes and bruises and stuff but we are lucky enough we all made it out,” he says.

The flames and smoke trails were so intense and high in the sky, they were captured by our downtown skycam.

Neighboring homes were scorched as well. The family says they were insured, but nothing can replace the decades of memories inside.

“My whole life ever since I was born. It’s hard but we are going to do what ever we have to do to keep our family moving,” Rodriguez says.

Colon notes, “All the personal things like credentials and everything else. Right now, we don’t have anything to prove who we are…you know, what’s the next step.”

The Red Cross stepped in to make sure they had a place to go. Wherever they go, they will go together as a family.

“It was all family. It was all family in the house. My brother lived in the second floor. I lived on the third floor with my sister and her kid. My parents lived downstairs. That’s the way times are. They are hard and we got to help each to try to survive,” Colon says.

Springfield firefighters responded quickly and prevented further damage to nearby homes.

Fire officials are not calling it suspicious.

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