Crews respond to fire on Calhoun St. in Springfield

Crews respond to fire on Calhoun St. in Springfield
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 4:22 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - Crews responded to a residential fire on Calhoun Street around 4:00 Thursday afternoon.

Fire officials said the flames have been knocked down but they are still working to put out any hot spots.

When Western Mass News first arrived on the scene, smoke and flames were pouring out of the roof and water was dripping down the sides and interior of the house.

Officials said the house has sustained significant damage and eleven people, five of them children are without a place to stay and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Fire officials said there was a large volume of fire on the first floor when they arrived. Commissioner BJ Calvi of the Springfield Fire Department described what he noticed to Western Mass News.

“We got lines to the second and third floor because the fire was rapidly extending in the building...When we got on scene, I also didn’t hear any smoke detectors going off. So this is an important lesson for people to make sure that they’ve checked their smoke detectors, and make sure they have batteries in their smoke detectors,” said Calvi.

Calvi said one person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad. Crews do expect to be on scene for another few hours and Calhoun Street will be closed until about 7:00 Thursday night.