Eight people are looking for a place to lay their heads after a fire destroyed their 2story family house on Sunday afternoon. The fire started from the second floor of the house and spread to the attic space. The vice Springfield fire commissioner Dennis Leger said the cause of the fire has not yet been established. It remains a mystery, but investigations are ongoing, led by the Springfield Arson and the Bomb Squad to figure out what exactly started the fire.
Firefighters were called into a report of a fire on 22 Somerset street at around 2 pm. Their quick response contained the fire within 30 minutes. Afterward, the firefighters started to check for traces of fire extensions in the house and the neighboring buildings.
One of the adjacent homes suffered some heat damage especially to the sidings coated with vinyl. There were however no signs of fire extensions into the building. The house was cleared safely for the occupants to return inside.
Springfield fire department confirmed that all occupants present at the time of the fire were all safe. There were five people who resided on the first floor of the house. Another three were living on the second floor of the fire site structure. All of the eight occupants evacuated safely before the fire spread out. None of the residents suffered any injuries while they were evacuating. The red cross American brunch was however called to provide any necessary help to the victims of the fire.
The second floor of the house suffered extensive damage. The upper attic space was also destroyed by the fire that spread from the floor below. The first floor had little damage mostly caused by smoke and water from the Springfield fire department. The basement suffered minimal damage.
The house was being shared by two families. The red cross and Springfield fire department have been trying to help the families find temporary shelter before they can repair the fire razed house.
The cause of the fire has not yet been established since the occupants themselves could not give a witness account of what might have triggered the incident.