On January 1st of this year, a multi-alarm fire destroyed an apartment building in the “flats” section of the city of Holyoke. An electrical issue has been determined to be the cause of the blaze, which took three lives and left many displaced and with nothing.

Connecting Point correspondent Carolee McGrath talked to people impacted by the fire, like Milton Galarza, who lost his friend and roommate in the tragic conflagration on New Year’s Day, and spoke with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse for an update on the response and his thoughts on how to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future.