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Crews battle fire on Bancroft St. in Springfield

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An electrical fire in Springfield has forced over a dozen people from their homes. 

The smoke from this fire in the North End could be seen from I-291 and it didn't let up for hours.

Smoke could be seen billowing out of the top of 21-1/2 Bancroft Street in Springfield.

Video captured by the Western Mass News SkyDrone showed the wall of thick smoke erupting from the top of the six family building. 

Flames were also shooting out of the top floor

"The first alarm transmitted at 9:45.  The first company on-scene had heavy smoke showing from the second and third floor. They made entry into the building and started knocking down the fire.  Fire alarm companies came in. The fire had a pretty good head start on us, had to put in a second alarm," said Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi.

Crews were on-scene for hours, battling a fire that would not be easily subdued and working hard to keep the surrounding buildings safe.

Luckily. no one was hurt

"Everybody was out on our arrival," Calvi noted.

The building, however, was not so lucky.  The damage is extensive and the roof collapsed.

"The roof has been compromised.  There are large hole in the roof from the fire," Calvi said.

Firefighters battled for hours, but over a dozen people cannot go home tonight.

The Red Cross was called in to assist and everyone will have a place to stay tonight.

Dennis Leger, the executive aide to Springfield's Fire Comissioner, said the fire began in the bathroom area of one of the first floor apartments. It was an electrical fire, Leger confirmed. He added that the fire remained hidden inside the wall and ceiling for some time before it was discovered. 

Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it comes into the newsroom.

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