The American Red Cross responded to an apartment building that caught fire early Monday morning and displaced nearly 30 families.
Sixteen children and 65 adults required assistance after the three-alarm fire damaged a building on Elm Street. No residents were injured, but one firefighter suffered a twisted ankle, and another suffered from exhaustion while fighting the flames, according to fire officials.
At least two animals, including a bird and a cat, died in the fire.
The four-story building had 30 to 40 units and when the fire alarm was activated, residents did not exit the building, according to fire officials.
Police and firefighters were then forced to beat on doors to get residents to safety.
The Red Cross set up a response center and temporary shelter at the Holyoke War Memorial Building at 310 Appleton St., according to a news release from the Red Cross.
Volunteers were on scene providing assistance as early as 5:30 a.m.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but fire investigators said the blaze appears to have started on a fourth-floor porch.
The fire was so intense at one point all firefighters were ordered out of the building. The old construction of the building hindered efforts to extinguish the blaze.
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