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Officials identify victims in deadly Springfield fire

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A father and two young children have been identified as the victims in a fire that quickly tore through a Belmont Avenue apartment building over the weekend.

Sunday's fire forced 60 to 80 others from their homes.

When crews arrived to 49 Belmont Avenue, there were flames coming out of the second story and some people were hanging out of their windows to escape the fire.

Sadly, three people did not and we learned today that it was a father and his son and daughter, the youngest victim just a year old who did not make it out. 

Our Western Mass News SkyDrone captures what is left of 49 Belmont Avenue in Springfield. 

On Sunday, as fire and smoke poured out of the building, a man ran back inside for his two young children, but never came back out. 

A day following this fatal fire, the Hampden County District Attorney's office has shared the names of that father, Aden Abdakadr, and his two children - Ahmed Ahmed, age 2. and Fatumo Amhed, age 1. 

"The investigation still ongoing," said Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi.

As multiple state, local, and federal agencies work to piece together what started this fire, Calvi said that 15 mile per hour winds help fan the flames:

"That's what allowed it to spread pretty quickly," Calvi noted.

Western Mass News spoke to a woman who called 911 who described seeing people hanging out of their windows to escape the fire. 

In all, four people were taken to the hospital including a pregnant woman.  Their conditions are not being shared at this time. 

This as 60 to 80 others were left on the street in the frigid temps.

"Everyone that we worked with right away, we were able to secure a safe roof of their head for the next couple of days, get them clean clothes and food," said Mary Nathan with the Red Cross.

Nathan said that it has been a joint effort to help these families.

"The city of Springfield Jewish Family Services...they will be key players in recovery here," Nathan noted.

With one family coming forward to seek help just this afternoon, Nathan said they have helped 14 families so far, but says there are likely five others still out there.

"They just need to call the Red Cross and we will get them the services that they need," Nathan noted.

Late Monday afternoon, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said that relief efforts have been established for those impacted by the fire.

  • Checks can be made out to JFSWM (Jewish Family Services of Western Mass.) with 'Fire' in the memo line and sent to: JFSWM, 15 Lenox Street, Springfield, MA 01108 - or - Brian Bedore, c/o TD Bank, 561 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108
  • Household items (brand new only) can be dropped off at Jewish Family Services at 15 Lenox Street in Springfield.  Families are in need of:
    • Bed pillows
    • Twin sheets
    • Queen sheets
    • Bath and hand towels
    • Twin comforters
    • Queen comforters
    • Pots and pans
    • Paper towels
    • Bathroom items including toilet paper, shampoo, bar soap, toothpaste, and brushes

The fire remains under investigation by members of the Springfield Fire Department, along with troopers assigned to the D.A.'s office and the state fire marshal's office.

Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

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