Fire in Springfield rips through business, displaces four - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Fire in Springfield rips through business, displaces four

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Springfield fire officials were alerted of a fire around 7 o'clock Saturday night on Boston Road.

The initial dispatch was for a brush fire but when Engine 5 arrived, they immediately called for back-up.

The blaze continued to rip through the structure at 940 Boston Rd., which is home to long-time business Monica Lee Leathers.

Dennis Leger, Aide to Springfield Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant told Western Mass News the home is a "total loss".  Sunday afternoon he confirmed with us that the fire started in the basement.  

Traffic had to be re-routed as a portion of Boston Rd. was closed for some time. 

Fire officials confirmed that four people were in the home at the time of the fire, and others ran over to help get them out. 

"I saw that it was going down, I ran across the street real fast. I knew time was of the essence so I went in there as fast as a could and pulled out 4 to 5 people, one being a brand new co-worker I started working with just today," said Doug Galarneau.

While battling the fire, one Springfield firefighter was transported to Baystate Medical Center for an elevated heart rate.

The fire is still under investigation. The Red Cross was been called in to assist those displaced tonight. 

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