Family regroups after fire destroys home


Julie Zamora was asleep at home Friday afternoon when the fire broke out in her family's home in the 600 block of Brook Street. She credits a neighbor's persistent efforts to rouse her with possibly saving her life. The dwelling was destroyed. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — The Zamoras have lived just south of downtown Greenfield for the past 21 years, and they have no intention of leaving behind the place they call home.

On Friday, a fire consumed the family’s two-story house in the 600 block of Brook Street. Monday, with a pile of rubble sitting on the lot cordoned off by caution tape, the family was already talking about plans to rebuild.

“We’re gonna stay right there,” Julie Zamora said Monday. “We have wonderful neighbors all the way around.”

It was one of those neighbors Zamora credits with saving her life Friday.

Zamora, 44, was the only one home when the fire broke out. Having worked a night shift the night before, she was sleeping when a neighbor began pounding on the door to alert her to the flames coming out of the back of the house.

Zamora, who lives in the home with her husband and their daughter’s fiance, said she had just fallen asleep less than an hour before.

“I wasn’t even going to answer (the door),” she said.

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