Firefighters were busy this weekend after discarded smoking materials caught a Westfield home on fire. On Sunday afternoon, people near 176 W Tansey Crossing saw thick black smoke billowing into the sky. They immediately called 9-1-1. Firefighters saw the smoke before they even left the station and called a second alarm—bringing in more crews from neighboring fire stations.
When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting from every window and door in the front. They could not even see the back because of heavy smoke and flames. Despite the odds against them, firefighters mounted a stand—saving two adjacent homes that were beginning to catch on fire as well.
Firefighters would spend over an hour putting the fire out. While the home will have to be rebuilt, the good news is that everyone made it out safe and no one was injured. Investigators believe the fire started on the rear porch from discarded smoking materials. The damage to the three homes is estimated at $270,000. The homeowners were coming back from out of town and were staying with family overnight. Their adult children were home at the time of the fire.