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1 injured, 6 families displaced following West Springfield fire and explosion

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 11:04 AM EDT|Updated: May. 23, 2022 at 4:21 PM EDT
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WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - An explosion at a West Springfield apartment complex Sunday night left several people without a home and one person hospitalized with serious injuries.

“Last evening, it was a full response to 71 Craig Drive for reported sound of an explosion. When they arrived on-scene, there was light smoke and people outside the building…It was loud enough to warrant multiple calls,” said West Springfield Fire Lt. Tony Spear.

Spear told Western Mass News that the fire was pinpointed to one of the apartment units in the bathroom area when fire crews arrived on-scene.

“The fire itself was in one...everything was contained to one unit. I am not sure the structural integrity of the second and third floor…Six units were affected and all the people in each of those units are no longer there,” Spear added.

Spear told us the people displaced are not being assisted by the Red Cross as they have found alternative places to stay in while the damage is assessed by the state fire marshal. We asked Spear the status of the individual who sustained serious injuries and, as of Monday, he said, “One person was transported to a local hospital for serious injuries and the condition of that person is unknown.”

As for the cause of the explosion, Spear explained, “It’s under investigation by our fire investigation unit, the West Springfield Police Department, and Mass. State Police.”