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10 homeless after fire rips through Springfield home

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Flames shot out from the roof of a Massachusetts Avenue home in Springfield as a fire erupted inside, sending thick black smoke billowing into the afternoon sky.

"My little siblings run out and say fire and I thought it was my street. When I checked it out it was fire blazing," said neighbor Rashar Williams. 

The fire started around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, sending residents fleeing into the streets.

Within minutes several fire engines from the Springfield Fire Department ascended onto the home.

"The Springfield fire station responded very quickly," said Williams.

Family members too distraught to go on camera told CBS 3 there were three families living inside the three story multi-family home.

Everyone was able to make it out. However two residents were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.

At one point alarms sounded from fire trucks ordering all fire fighters out of the building.

One fire fighter was transported to Baystate Medical Center for an irregular heartbeat.

Dennis Leger, aide to Springfield Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant, said the fire is suspicious and the Arson and Bomb Squad is investigating what caused it.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the families who are now left with nothing.

"I just feel bad for all the people. If anybody in Springfield could contribute something good for this family, go ahead and support them because no one would want this to happen to them," Williams said.  

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