SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Fire officials have released new information on a fire that broke out at a vacant building on Grove Street Monday night.
Just after 9:00 p.m., crews responded to a two-alarm fire at the UniRoyal Tire Plant on Grove Street.
This building has been abandoned for some time.
Officials say someone nearby saw the fire coming from the third floor of the building and called it in.
The Chief of the Chicopee Fire Department tells Western Mass News crews arrived to the scene within one minute, and used two ladders to quickly put out the fire, adding that the fire could have been a lot worse, because of the wind, but crews worked quickly.
Dennis Leger, aide to Springfield Fire Commissioner Bernard Calvi, tells us that they dispatched an engine around 9:00 to cover the Chicopee Fire Department in case any other calls come in.
Firefighters were on scene until 11:00 p.m. checking for hot spots.
Upon further investigation, the Chicopee Fire Department determined that lightning is what sparked the fire at the UniRoyal building.