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No working smoke detectors found in fatal Mass. fire

Officials press the use of smoke detectors after one person is dead and others are injured in a Springfield fire


Springfield ladder truck on the scene of a fatal fire at 118 Grover Street in Springfield. The two alarm fire at around 5:20 am took the life of one person and injured two others.

Don Treeger / The Republican

By Greta Jochem
The Republican

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A fire Monday morning at 118 Grover St. killed one person and injured several others. Three dogs also died in the blaze.

City firefighters responded around 5:20 a.m. to the home. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to get the fire under control, said Springfield Fire Department Capt. Drew Piemonte.

One person was flown to Boston for medical treatment, and another was taken to Baystate Medical Center, said Piemonte.

Officials have not yet released the name or any details about the person who died.

Springfield’s Police and Fire departments, and state police assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating, according Jake Wark, public information officer for the state Department of Fire Services.

Not having smoke alarms might have been a factor. Firefighters did not hear smoke alarms on the scene and investigators did not find any in a preliminary search, Wark said.

The home is destroyed and will be condemned by the city, Piemonte said.

The American Red Cross was there Monday morning, helping the victims with food, shelter and counseling, he said.

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