On June 27, 2016, Springfield (MA) firefighters arrived to find a heavy smoke condition emanating from a multi-story mill building on Wilbraham Avenue. An interior attack was quickly initiated, but transitioned to an exterior attack due to deep-seated fire conditions. A second alarm was transmitted bringing an additional two engines and truck. The fire burned for more than six hours with conditions worsening due to a steady wind. The fire spread to the number four side wing before a excavator breached a wall, allowing firefighters to gain access. The blaze was declared under control some eight hours after the initial alarm. Several firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion on scene.

– Fire News photos by Glenn Duda and Patrick Dooley