HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Firefighters in the Paper City have been working to put out multiple brush fires for almost 5 hours straight now.
Holyoke Fire Lt. Thomas Paquin says they are currently on scene of 2 more brush fires that were believed to be intentionally set in the woods behind Beaudoin Village on Leary Drive at York Circle.
At about 4:30 p.m. today the Holyoke Fire Department began receiving calls.
The first of the brush fires that firefighters began to battle were located off of Main Street, near the Holyoke Community Charter School by the train tracks. At the time Lt. Paquin described the brush fire as “massive.”
Embers were flying around near the school, but firefighters were able to protect the area so the building was not in any danger of catching fire.
More brush fires were then found to have sparked up near JCPenney at the Holyoke Mall, a total of 3 according to Lt. Paquin.
Firefighters also had to battle a brush fire on the hill near Mont Marie and 2 at Kelly Way which had worked into the backside of the Ashley Reservoir.
Investigators believe that the first 7 may have all been started by a passing train, as it sparked along the rails.
But the last two that firefighters have been able to bring under control now, are believed to be intentionally set.
In all Lt. Paquin says they have had to fight 9 brush fires since late this afternoon.