Springfield arson squad investigates fire in abandoned building - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Springfield arson squad investigates fire in abandoned building

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Springfield firefighters extinguished a one-alarm fire at 493 Worthington St. and the Springfield arson squad began investigating the scene shortly after the flames were knocked down.

Executive Aide to the Fire Commissioner Dennis Leger said there were no reported injuries and that the building was vacant.

Fire crews arrived on scene shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday and quickly got a ladder up to the multi-story building to fight the flames.

At the same time, a water main break was occurring near the intersection of Worthington and Spring streets, which is on the same block as the fire. 

Leger says he believes the water main break was unrelated to the fire.

A CBS 3 crew on scene says water was gushing down Worthington Street and smoke was filling the surrounding area. 

Leger estimates the damage of the vacant, city-owned building to be about $10,000.

He says the fire began in the basement.

The arson squad is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

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