Crews battle house fire on Gates Street in Holyoke

Crews battle house fire on Gates Street in Holyoke
Published: May. 20, 2022 at 12:07 PM EDT
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HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Holyoke firefighters were called to a multifamily house on Gates Street just before noon Friday.

Officials told us that the fire broke out around 11:40 a.m.

Patrick Hogan lives in Holyoke and is post office supervisor in the city. On Friday morning, while delivering mail, he told Western Mass News he saw flames coming from the area where he lives on Gates Street.

“I was over delivering mail, saw smoke in the area of my house, headed over here, came up Congress Ave., you could see the fire was going from the first floor on the front porch and the side porch all the way up to the attic,” Hogan said.

Hogan told us that he parked his vehicle near his home and noticed the smoke engulfing the multifamily home across the street from where he lives. That’s when he quickly sprang into action to make sure his neighbors were safe.

“It’s a two-family house. One individual lives in the house that caught on fire and there was another lady that lives next door by herself, went down, and knocked on her windows come to find out she was sleeping in there, so thankfully, she got out safe,” Hogan added.

He said that he then called 911 to report the fire and crews arrived shortly after to extinguish the fire.

“They arrived on-scene. They had fire on the back porches. They stretch a line, quick interior search to make sure nobody was home,” said Holyoke Fire Capt. David Rex.

Rex told us one person lives in the building and he was not home at the time, but fire officials were still trying to contact him as of Friday afternoon.

“We haven’t physically talked to him. He’s being contacted via phone, so that we know that he’s okay,” Rex added.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Holyoke Fire Department and no injuries were reported.

One resident has been displaced and is being assisted by the Red Cross.