WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Firefighters in the Whip City have been able to put out a late afternoon house fire.
Westfield Police Officer Stephen Gonglik says that just before 5:00 p.m., emergency crews were called to a fire at a home on Notre Dame Street.
Firefighters working to put out the flames battled heavy winds and at one point they had to go into “defensive mode” and evacuate out of the home because the roof partially collapsed.
By 6:00 p.m. firefighters were able to knock down the fire and bring the situation under control. They continued to check for hot spots though.
During that time of this fire police had Notre Dame Street blocked at North Elm Street and motorists were advised to avoid the area.
No one was injured in the incident. The Red Cross reports their assisting 4 adults and 2 families in connection with this incident.
ABC40 spoke with a resident who lives across the street from the home, Derek Mcdougall who says, “I just came home from work. Saw the smoke so I ran over to make sure that everyone was alright. I knocked on the doors, but no one answered. So we kicked in the doors, ran in, checked each room. There was no one so I left. In the moment I wanted to make sure everyone was alright.”
The home suffered extensive damage in the fire.