SPRINGFIELD – A city firefighter was injured and and a home on Pennsylvania Avenue destroyed in an early morning house fire that left two residents without a place to stay, a fire official said.
The fire at 59 Pennsylvania Ave. gutted the interior of the two-story single family home, according to Fire Department spokesman Capt. Drew Piemonte. Everything inside the home was destroyed and the building itself is considered a complete loss, he said.
The injured firefighter was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. Piemonte did not disclose the firefighter’s name or the nature of any injuries, beyond saying they were not life-threatening.
The two residents were not injured. They were being assisted with temporary shelter by the Western Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross.
The fire was reported at about 3:15 p.m.
Fire Department photos from the scene show heavy smoke coming from doors and windowns on the first and second floors.
Piemonte said the fire appeared to have started on the first floor, but the exact cause has not been determined. It is being investigated by the city Arson and Bomb Squad and the state Fire Marshal’s Office.
All fire companies in the city were dispatched to Pennsylvania Avenue for the fire, and Chicopee was called in under mutual aid to provide station coverage, Piemonte said.
After the fire was knocked down, and companies were returning to their stations, another fire was reported at around 4:15 a.m. at 100 Oak St. in Old Hill.
That fire was limited to the exterior of a vacant building, and firefighters were able to extinguish it quickly, Piemonte said. It is considered suspicious and remains under investigation.
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