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Kids Playing with Matches Start Brush Fire in Holyoke

Beaudoin Village Fire, photo Holyoke Fire Department

Beaudoin Village, photo Holyoke Fire Department

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Holyoke firefighters had a busy Friday as they fought several brush fires in the Paper City.

According to Holyoke Fire Department Lt. Tom Paquin, around 3:30 p.m. Friday, they were notified of 4 brush fires around the city within 15 minutes of each other.

Paquin tells ABC40, “One was near the train tracks, but we called the railroad company and they haven’t sent any trains through today. The four fires are located at Beaudoin Village, up by the Community College. One was at the mall by the railroad tracks, one was on Main Street, off of Berkshire Street, and one was by South and High Streets.”

Firefighters worked for over an hour to knock down all the flames and Lt. Paquin adds, “For a time, it tied up all of our apparatuses.”  

By 5:00 p.m. the brush fires had been brought under control.

The Fire Department says there were no threats to any buildings while the brush fires burned.

In the Beaudoin Village incident, Lt. Paquin says that, “Two kids admitted to playing with matches at this brush fire.”

With regard to the other fires, Paquin noted that those appear to be suspicious. If you have any information that would help the Holyoke Fire Department determine how the other fires got started, please contact them at (413) 534-4515.