- Department of Fire Services
Media Contact for Improper Disposal of Smoking Materials Cause of Agawam Fire
Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer
AGAWAM — Agawam Fire Chief Alan C. Sirois and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said the cause of June 12, 2020 fire at 15 Bailey Street in Agawam was the improper disposal of smoking materials. The fire started shortly after 9 p.m. Two occupants were injured in the fire. One occupant suffered burns on his arms trying to escape. He was treated and released from Baystate Medical Center. Another occupant was rescued by firefighters with severe injuries. He remains in critical condition at Baystate. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries fighting the fire and were treated and released on scene. Damage to the single family home is estimated at $275,000.
Investigators determined that the fire started in an outside smoking area in a plastic commercial-style smoking receptacle and that the cause was the improper disposal of smoking materials.
Chief Sirois said, “It’s important not only to have a proper receptacle to dispose of smoking materials but also to maintain it regularly. Empty it often and put used smoking materials in a can of water for 24 hours before disposing of old butts.”
Chief Sirois went on to praise firefighters for their response. “I couldn’t be more proud of the performance of our firefighters. They executed a challenging rescue operation under dangerous fire conditions. Their tactics were flawless and were a profound illustration of our firefighters’ bravery and skill.”
The fire was jointly investigated by members of The Agawam Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.