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Early morning fire destroys home in Orange

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State police and the state fire marshal's office are investigating a house fire that broke out in Orange this morning. 

No injuries were reported.  In fact, nobody was even home.

Orange fire officials told Western Mass News that the owner of the home is out of state.

Fire crews got a 911 call from a neighbor around 2 a.m. today reporting the fire on Congress Street. 

The house was already engulfed in flames all the way around when crews arrived.

Sadly, there was no saving this home.  An excavator has since come in to knock the house down, while double checking for any leftover hotspots.

Neighbors told Western Mass News that between the sparks and the smoke, it was like nothing they have ever seen before.

"You can't really put it into words, like horribly mesmerizing I guess you could say," said Lori Chiasson.

Maureen Paradise added, "I came downstairs and looked, stood on the porch for a minute, and you could see the flames shooting up. It was awful."

A portion of Congress Street is still closed from Cheney to Chase Streets. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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