Firefighters were on scene of a garage fire in the South End of Springfield this morning that caused the structure to collapse as smoke continued to pour out of the building.
Nobody was injured who lived near the garage, according to the Springfield Fire Department. But Dennis Leger, the Aide to Springfield's Fire Commissioner, said that during the offensive attack to battle the flames, there was an explosion from inside the garage that did injure one firefighter. They were transported to Baystate Medical Center as a precaution, Leger added.
The garage itself is a total loss, along with the vehicles inside. Residents told Western Mass News that the cars inside weren't just any type of car, but rather vintage projects that took time and effort, along with money to put together.
Dennis Leger, the aide to Springfield's Fire Commissioner, said the building next door to 14 Loring suffered some heat related damage. Leger estimates that damage to be about $20,000.
Western Mass News saw the smoke billowing from our skycam, some distance away. This was at about 8:15 a.m. Sunday.
The Springfield Police Department confirms they were alerted to the fire on Loring Street as well. Loring St. was blocked off from Main Street to East Columbus Avenue while crews worked.
It took firefighters some time to put out the fire, pouring water all over the structure from fire trucks as flames continued to pop up.
At this time, nobody has been displaced as a result of this fire Leger said. The Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad is leading the investigation.
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