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Southwick

Mother saves 2-year-old from fire

When a fire broke out in her Southwick home on Christmas Eve, a woman ran around the exterior of the house, smashed the window of her 2-year-old’s room, and saved the child’s life.

The fire broke out at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at 6 Two States Ave., said Southwick Fire Department EMT Brian Schneider. Firefighters on the scene reported that the entire home was almost immediately engulfed in flames.

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Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire until about 6 a.m. Thursday, Schneidersaid.

The mother was taken to an area hospital with severe lacerations to her leg, which she sustained after climbing through the broken window, Schneider said. A man who lived in the home was also taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

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The 2-year-old was taken to Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston for severe burns and smoke inhalation, Schneider said.

Schneider said the fire did not spread to two neighboring homes, but their exteriors did sustain smoke damage.

Investigators are still on scene to determine the cause of the fire.

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Schneider said the fire department typically sees an increase of house fires around the holidays, due to flammable decorations and Christmas trees.

“What happened is a shame anytime of year, but especially on Christmas,” he said.

Southwick is located in Hampden County, southwest of Springfield.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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