Fire destroys Oak Street duplex in Holyoke 

  • A fire at 141 Oak St. on Monday night. HOLYOKE FIRE DEPARTMENT

  • A fire at 141 Oak St. on Monday night. HOLYOKE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Staff Writer
Published: 5/26/2020 12:04:12 PM

HOLYOKE — The cause of a Monday night fire that destroyed an Oak Street duplex is still under investigation, according to city fire officials. 

Firefighters responded to 141 Oak St. around 8 p.m. for emergency calls of a fire at a two-family, 2 ½-story home, according to Holyoke Fire Department Capt. Kevin Cavagnac. First responders found smoke and flames coming from the home’s top floor and attic, he said. 

All seven residents evacuated the home unharmed, Cavagnac said. It took an hour and a half for crews to extinguish the blaze. The fire burned the second floor and most of the roof, he said, and there is extensive water damage on the first floor. Crews were boarding up the home on Tuesday morning, Cavagnac said, adding that fire officials believe the home is a total loss.

“I was just in there this morning and there were several inches of standing water,” Cavagnac said about the home’s first floor on Tuesday.

A family of four was connected with the American Red Cross while another family had relatives to stay with in the area, according to Cavagnac. Neither family will be able to return to the home. Fire investigators are still determining the cause of the blaze, Cavagnac said. The property is owned by Yeisie M. and Samuel Mateo, according to city property records. 

A Facebook fundraiser seeking donations for the two families affected by the fire has raised over $9,000 as of Tuesday morning.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com. 


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