Thursday night Holyoke dumpster, trailer fires snuffed out

  • Firefighters work on a Thursday night blaze in Holyoke’s Elmwood neighborhood. HOLYOKE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Staff Writer
Published: 7/10/2020 12:29:07 PM

HOLYOKE — Firefighters knocked out two fires within hours of each other in the city’s Elmwood neighborhood Thursday evening.

The Holyoke Fire Department received emergency calls shortly after 7 p.m. for a fire behind 146 Brown Ave., according to Capt. Kevin Cavagnac. A box trailer was found to be ablaze, with heavy flames threatening nearby homes.

Crews extinguished that fire quickly, Cavagnac said, before it spread. No one was injured, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation by the city’s Fire Department and investigators with the Massachusetts State Police.

Firefighters then responded at 8:30 p.m. to 40-42 Longwood Ave. for reports of a heavy fire in a construction dumpster in the driveway of a vacant home. The home was being rehabilitated after an August fire in a second-floor bedroom and the attic, according to Cavagnac.

The dumpster was close to the house, fire officials said, and crews were able to use an elevated ladder stream and keep the blaze from spreading to the house. No one was injured in the incident, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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