- Department of Fire Services
Media Contact for Improper Disposal of Smoking Materials Cause of Agawam Fire
Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer
AGAWAM — Agawam Deputy Fire Chief Frank Matuszczak and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said the cause of yesterday’s fire at 20 Gale Street in Agawam was the improper disposal of smoking materials. There was extensive damage to the second floor covered porch and attic. No one was injured but multiple people were displaced from the 2-family home.
The fire originated on a second story covered porch when cigarettes were extinguished in a cardboard pizza box.
Deputy Matuszczak said, “It is important to use deep, sturdy ashtrays or a can with sand or water to safely put out all smoking materials. Remember to put them out. All the way. Every time.”
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “We are lucky this fire was not deadly. There have been six fire deaths so far in 2020. Smoking was the cause of three of them and suspected in a fourth.”
The fire was jointly investigated by the Agawam Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
The Department of Fire Services has information on porch and smoking fire safety at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/smoking-fire-safety