Southwick house destroyed by fire; two displaced residents

SOUTHWICK – A house at 4 HIllcrest Road is considered a total loss to an early morning fire.

Two residents were displaced but no one was injured, said fire chief Russ Anderson.

The fire, reported at around 4:40 a.m., spread to the attic of the single-family ranch and caused the roof to collapse.

Anderson said the fire was the second at the same address in less than 12 hours. Anderson said the second fire is considered a “reignition” of the first, a term for where a fire reignites.

Firefighters were called there shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday over a gas grill fire that spread to the siding and attic. Strong winds and dry conditions helped the fire spread, Anderson said. The damage was estimated at $ 100,000.

Firefighters put out the first blaze and walked through the building looking for lingering hot spots, he said. The fire was considered extinguished, and firefighters left the scene shortly after 8 p.m., he said.

Residents were allowed to go inside and called a contractor to come and fix broken windows, Anderson said.

When they were called back to the same address a few hours later, firefighters found the house completely ablaze.

Westfield and Agawam helped each other during the two fires.

According to city records, the house is owned by Cortland and Colleen Dell and has a total estimated value of $ 170,000.

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