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Chicopee Jakes Make Quick Work of Two-Alarm Fire
By NATE ARNOLD
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By Nate Arnold
Ladder 5's operator checks the smoke condition from his turntable.
Chicopee, MA - A fire that was reported shortly after 7:00 P.M. on February 3rd damaged the second floor and attic of 95 Bonner St. in the Willimansett section of the city and displaced several residents.
A 911 call placed to WESTCOMM public safety dispatching alerted city firefighters to the structure fire and companies arrived on scene within five minutes of dispatch to find heavy smoke venting from the second floor and attic of this multi-family home. A second-alarm was struck shortly after. While crews were operating inside the building, a flashover occurred in the attic and caused Bonner St. Command to order all members out for safety reasons.
Once outside crews used large caliber hand lines and Ladder 5's aerial master stream to darken down the main body of fire before heading back inside to knock down the remaining visible fire and check for hot spots and extension.
Companies remained on scene for over an hour-and-a-half. CFD firefighters were assisted by Holyoke and Westover Air Reserve Base firefighters in covering the city. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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