8 people displaced following fire on East Silver Street in Westfield

Eight people are without a place to stay after a fire Monday morning on East Silver Street in Westfield.
Published: Feb. 6, 2023 at 11:57 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2023 at 5:28 PM EST
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WESTFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Flames ripped through a multi-family house in Westfield on Monday.

Firefighters responded to East Silver Street around 7:30 a.m. for a reported fire on the second floor of a multi-family home. Fire officials on-scene told Western Mass News that the second floor has suffered significant damage and crews found flames pouring out of windows when they arrived.

Westfield Deputy Fire Chief Andrew Hart told Western Mass News that one person had to be rescued from the second floor. He said that a member of the fire department, who was on his way into work, was able to help crews.

“An off-duty fire captain was already on scene. He was driving to work this morning, was able to determine where the individual was playing, which helped our crews find the victim faster,” Hart explained.

The victim was transported to Baystate Medical Center for treatment. Hart told us that two of his firefighters also sustained minor injuries.

Hart gave credit to his crew for fighting the fire while saving someone’s life.

“Crews on-scene did a great job performing the rescue and continue fire operations at the same time,” Hart noted.

Hart added the fire is currently under investigation

“It’s still under investigation. It’s not considered suspicious,” Hart said.

Hart said that the Red Cross has been notified to help the eight people who were displaced.