WESTFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Authorities are investigating a fire that broke out at a home on East Bartlett Street on Thursday, June 13.
Sgt. Chechile of the Westfield Police Department tells us that fire and police officials were called to a report of a structure fire at a home on East Bartlett Street just after 7:00 p.m.
Crews arrived to find a massive amount of smoke emitting from a vacant, two-story home, later sounding a second alarm, which requires other towns to come in to assist.
Officials tell us no one was inside of the house when the fire broke out.
Deputy Chief Andy Hart of the Westfield Fire Department tell us that, upon further investigation, it was determined that the fire originated in the first floor of the home, quickly climbing to the second floor and into the attic.
Neighbors tell Western Mass News that college students usually live here, but they moved out last month.
Others tell us that the property owner was making a number of renovations.
Several people say they didn't know anything was going on until they heard all of the fire trucks.
That's when they looked outside and saw all of the smoke.
A cloud of smoke was visible over the downtown area.
"Smoke was everywhere. It was like fog. You couldn't see anything," says Westfield resident Mary Ruiz.
Firefighters from Holyoke, West Springfield, Agawam, and Russell were called in to assist, and the Southwick Fire Department covered Westfield's station while firefighters remained on scene.
Several oxygen tanks were also dropped off.
Firefighters came out frequently to replace the ones they had on them.
East Bartlett Street and a portion of Mechanic Street were blocked as crews worked to douse the flames.
Crews were on scene well into the night checking for hot spots, and East Bartlett Street was reopened to through traffic around midnight.
Mechanic Street was reopened before 11:00 p.m.
While officials have not released an estimated cost of damages, our crew on scene reports that the siding on one side of the home had melted, Deputy Chief Hart adding that the home did sustain extensive damages.
Since there is not enough evidence, the office of the State Fire Marshal says that the cause of the fire remains inconclusive at this time.