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Back to Back Structure Fires keep Springfield FD Busy
By NATE ARNOLD
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By Nate Arnold
Members utilize Ladder 3's aerial to snake an attack line into the attic on the A side of 28 Florence Street
Two fires that came in nearly simultaneously in the early morning hours of Saturday March 18, 2017 forced a total of nine people from their homes and drained all available manpower from the Springfield Fire Department, requiring multiple mutual aid fire companies to back fill city firehouses.
The first fire of the night was toned out shortly before 12:30 a.m. for a report of fire on the second floor of 28 Florence Street. Companies arrived on scene to find heavy smoke pushing from the rear of an occupied two and a half story wood frame multi-family dwelling. Lines where stretched over Ladder 3's aerial and up interior stair ways to the second floor and attic for what would become an arduous, hours long operation that would require overhauling nearly 50 percent of the building to ensure the fire was out.
At the height of the fire on Florence Street, the remaining companies in the city where called to 122 Maybrook Ave. in the sixteen acres section of the city for a reported chimney fire. Engine Co. 12 was the first to arrive at that scene and reported smoke showing from an occupied one and a half story wood frame single family dwelling. With remaining city companies going to work on Maybrook, the West Springfield, Agawam, Chicopee and Ludlow Fire Departments where called in to back fill four of the city's eight empty firehouses. Both fires remained under investigation at the time this article was written.
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