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Crews battle Springfield house fire

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A house fire on Wesson Street in Springfield quickly spread to neighboring homes Monday afternoon. No one was injured, but families are without a home. 

"Apparently firefighters at the White Street station saw the smoke and started heading here prior to the call," said Lt. Dennis Leger of the Springfield Fire Department. 

Crews arrived just after noon to a house fire at 28 Wesson St. Nine people were evacuated from the home and none of them were injured. 

A neighbor said once he saw the smoke, he ran over to make sure everyone was OK. The smoke carried over so fast that he closed his windows to prevent smoke damage in his home. 

"I saw smoke, I ran over here and that was it. I just wanted to make sure I got here before the fire department did," said Bob Ellis, a neighbor. 

Flames spread to 912 Belmont St. behind the Wesson Street home. Springfield Fire Department said it became a two-alarm fire and engines from East Longmeadow Fire Department came to assist. There may be residents displaced from that home, but no one was there at the time. 

The fire damaged four neighboring houses and two garages. 

"The good news is no one was injured here. Arson and bomb were on the scene investigating, not fair to speculate, we need to let them do their job," said Leger. 

"Just like two minutes later you could see wicked flames, obviously looking at it you can see how bad it was," said Bob Borecki, a neighbor.

A local business employee came running outside when he heard a woman screaming.

"I heard a woman scream 'fire' and I ran to the front of the store and saw the flames," said Mike Arnold, a Best Tile employee. 

A family cat from the Wesson street home did not make it out.

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