A 2-alarm house fire in Agawam that killed a teenager and injured an adult was accidentally caused by oily rags that caught fire on a breezeway, the state fire marshal’s office said Thursday.
There were no working smoke alarms at the home on Squire Lane where firefighters responded shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.
The teenager’s name was not released pending identification from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
“On behalf of the Agawam Fire Department, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the victim’s loved ones after this morning’s tragedy,” said Agawam Fire Chief Alan Sirois in the statement. “This was a terrible loss for the family and the community.”
Firefighters responded to a 911 call at 9:07 a.m., and found heavy smoke and flames coming from a two-story house, the statement said.
A second alarm was sounded, drawing mutual aid from Springfield, West Springfield and Westfield fire departments, the statement said.
The fire marshal’s office recommends oily rags be dried and stored in a small, metal container with a tight lid. The rags should be covered completely with water and a detergent to break down the oil. It should be disposed of at hazardous waste collection site, officials said Thursday.
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