A total of 81 people, 16 of them children, were forced from a large apartment building in downtown Holyoke that burned for more than three hours early Monday morning, reports 22 News WWLP.
Firefighters were called to the apartment building at 115 Elm Street just before 4:00 A.M.
The fire burned through the top floor of the building and through the roof. All firefighters were ordered out of the building around 5:00 A.M., because the flames were so intense that they threatened their safety. Two of those firefighters suffered minor injuries.
By 8:45, firefighters were on ladders, trying to put out the last of the flames from the top stories of the building. Holyoke Fire Capt. Tony Cerutti said firefighters were also using hoses to spray down the front section of the building, in order to ensure it doesn’t collapse. Bricks could be seen falling off the building and landing in the street as firefighters worked.
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