A community came together to help their neighbors following a devastating fire on Chase Avenue Wednesday morning.
Some people woke up around 5 a.m. to screaming and flames ripping through their homes. Ashley Deso, 11, is being credited with saving many lives. Deso said she woke up because she was hot and saw the flames. At first she said she thought it was a dream. Deso ran and woke up her parents and everyone was able to get out of the home
Anna Smith said she grabbed her baby and ran out. Smith said she lost most of her belongings today.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno visited the scene this morning, fearing the worst. He said the people he spoke with were upbeat and embody the spirit of Springfield.
Neighbor Nisi DeMarinis helped out her neighbors as best she could.
"We know everybody on our street. I already told everybody, Anna, and the other families they can come stay with us. I have brand new clothes, never worn. Thank God my mother was a pack rat," she said.
As people get ready to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends, remember this could easily happen to you or a loved one.
Long after the fire trucks and television cameras have left, several families will be working to rebuild and get back to normal.
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