15 Residents Escape From Springfield House Fire

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — 15 people, who lived in an eight-family unit apartment building, escaped safely after the building caught on fire on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

At 8:24 a.m., the Fire Department of Springfield received a notification that, there was a fire in the apartment building located at 1020 Malpaso Road, West Springfield.

There are no reported injuries, yet the department has issued two additional alarms since the fire started.

“It was terrible. I was up on the second floor getting milk from a neighbor, when smoke starting pouring in the apartment,” said Therese Smith, 57, who lived on the first floor of the building, “I got out, I was lucky.”

The 15 residents, who escaped safely from the building, including a female with her two young kids, who, according to the neighbors, got rescued from the fourth floor.

There was no actual report available on how many people actually live in the building, according to the Fire Department of Springfield.

At 9:20 a.m., the building was fully engulfed by the fire.

The Deputy Chief of the Springfield Fire Department, Jones, was called to investigate the cause of the fire.

“The fire was believed to be the result of a cigarette that wasn’t fully put out at the back porch of one of the neighbors,” Jones said.

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