Mayor: ‘We are in life-saving mode’ in western Massachusetts

Rescue workers went house-to-house, building-to-building early Thursday searching for survivors after tornadoes cut a deadly and destructive path through western Massachusetts, officials said.

At least four people were killed and 40 injured when at least two tornadoes touched down in portions of Springfield, Mayor Domenic Sarno said.

Officials were investigating reports at least two more tornadoes touched down in and around the city, which is the third largest in Massachusetts.

“We are in triage right now,” Sarno told reporters late Wednesday. “We are in life-saving mode.”

As many as 19 communities reported tornado damage by Wednesday night, said Gov. Deval Patrick. At least one person was killed in Springfield, two in nearby Westfield and one in Brimfield, about 20 miles east, he said.

The governor declared a state of emergency as the storm system that spawned the tornadoes moved east, prompting storm watches all the way to the Atlantic coast.

By early Thursday morning, it was unclear how much of Springfield and its neighboring communities had been damaged, though there were reports of destruction coming in from every corner of the city, officials said.

“I can tell you the damage is extensive. It is very difficult getting around the city,” Fire Commissioner Gary G. Cassanelli said. “The fire crews are having a tough time.”

Up to 1,000 National Guard soldiers were expected to be on the streets of Springfield by daybreak to assist in search and rescue efforts and provide security on the streets, Patrick said.

Additional fire crews from Connecticut and New Hampshire were being dispatched to help with search and rescue efforts, the mayor said.

The storms struck shortly after 4 p.m. in Springfield, about 90 miles west of Boston.


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