Photo by Nick Larson
Fire gutted the Waterford Estates Apartments in North Springfield Sept. 20.
An early-morning fire Sept. 20 destroyed the apartments of Waterford Estates located on Route 106. Seventeen people were left homeless following the blaze. The homeless included 12 families.
While no one was injured during the fire, Springfield Fire Chief Russell Thompson said several residents were treated at the site for possible smoke inhalation.
Waterford, a one-story building, was the former Abby-Lynn Motel that had been refitted to efficiency apartments a few years ago.
Bruce Pollock of the Green Mountain Chapter of the American Red Cross said the agency would be helping the victims find temporary food, clothing and shelter. The agency set up a makeshift shelter at the Springfield Community Center
Smoke detectors helped save the residents, according to an unidentified survivor.
Waterford owners Martin and Frasca helped several of the fire victims by finding them temporary housing.