Possibly suspicious blaze destroys vacant home in Holyoke

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HOLYOKE >> Fire crews battled a blaze over the weekend at a vacant multi-family home in western Massachusetts that gained a reputation for housing vagrants.

The Springfield Republican reports the fire broke out around 2:10 p.m. Sunday on the second floor of a three-story home on Chestnut Street in Holyoke.

Capt. Anthony Cerruti says flames spread to the structure's third floor and burned through its roof. The fire was extinguished in approximately 90 minutes.

Fire officials say the building is believed to have suffered irreparable damage and the cause of the blaze may be suspicious.

The Holyoke Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal's office are investigating.

Cerruti says police confirmed that they have kicked out squatters from the residence on multiple occasions despite its first floor being boarded shut.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/


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