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Attic Fire Damages Duplex in West Springfield
By NATE ARNOLD
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By Nate Arnold
Fire vents from the roof shortly after Ladder 1 completed their vent cut.
A deep seated and stubborn attic fire damaged a two and a half story wood frame duplex at 20-22 Warren St. in West Springfield, Mass. on November 9, 2013.
West Springfield fire companies were toned out to respond for the report of a structure fire on Warren St. shortly before 8:30 p.m. and first due Engine 1 and Ladder 1 arrived on scene three minutes later to find heavy, pressurized black smoke pushing from the gable end vents on the A side and C side of the dwelling with all occupants of the home already outside.
Jakes advanced several hand lines through the A side second floor porch and C side porch as well, making quick work of the fire in the attic. West Springfield fire fighters had to set up a rotating fire watch detail however, for the rest of the night and into the following day to make sure a rekindle did not occur, due to the fact the home was under renovation at the time of the fire and embers from the attic crawl space had managed to get into the void spaces in the walls.
The fire displaced a family of 10 living on the first floor and caused several thousand dollars damage to the home and contents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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