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Fully Involved Home Spreads to Five Autos and Two Exposures

By NATE ARNOLD, Correspondent | May 09, 2020 | MASSACHUSETTS

Story No. 051320103

A fast moving fire destroyed one two story home and five vehicles and damaged two other homes in the Old Hill section of Springfield in the afternoon of Saturday May 9, 2020 and required two alarms worth of companies to knock down.
Members of Engine Co. 8, Truck Co. 2 and The Rescue Squad were enjoying a brief moment of peace and calm in their firehouse on Eastern Avenue, nicknamed "Springfield's Fire Factory" for their heavy workload when an excited neighborhood resident ran for the front door of the station. Gaining the attention of the man on watch, the resident indicated there was a fire on Terrance Street three blocks from their current location and as the bay doors rolled up, the members were greeted with a large column of black smoke visible from the front ramp.
After a short response, crews found an occupied two story frame dwelling on Terrance Street fully involved along with five cars and trucks parked around the building. To make matters worse, a strong wind was fanning the flames and radiant heat was attacking both the Bravo and Delta side exposure buildings as well as spreading embers to neighboring streets. Chief 2, DFC Marcellin struck a second alarm when advised of the conditions on scene by Engine 8 and second alarm companies were split between two streets so as to surround and drown the fire.
With hand lines and ladder pipes surrounding the fire ground, companies brought the fire under control within 20 minutes. Damage to property however was significant. The original fire building was a total loss, along with five vehicles and exposure buildings sustaining several thousand dollars damage. Two residents were left homeless by the fire and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.