Man describes relatives killed in Lowell fire

Thearan Sak lost his brother, his brother’s girlfriend, and three of the couple’s five children.

Monks from Glory Buddhist Temple led people away from the building.

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Monks from Glory Buddhist Temple led people away from the building.

Buddhist monks chanted in front of the Lowell apartment building where a fire killed seven people today.

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Buddhist monks chanted in front of the Lowell apartment building where a fire killed seven people today.

Thearan Sak lost his older brother and the brother's family in the fire.

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Thearan Sak lost his older brother and the brother's family in the fire.

Mayor Rodney M. Elliott (center, in a white shirt with a red tie) spoke at the scene.

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Mayor Rodney M. Elliott (center, in a white shirt with a red tie) spoke at the scene.

Residents comforted each other outside the apartment building.

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Residents comforted each other outside the apartment building.

Firefighters continued to work on the building hours after the blaze.

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Firefighters continued to work on the building hours after the blaze.

Seven people - four adults and three children - were killed in the fire.

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Four adults and three children were killed in the fire.

Firefighters worked on the scene of the deadly Lowell blaze.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Firefighters worked on the scene of the deadly Lowell blaze.

The fire was the deadliest in the state in two decades.

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The fire was the deadliest in the state in two decades.

“This is a horrible day in the city of Lowell,’’ the state fire marshal said.

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“This is a horrible day in the city of Lowell,’’ the state fire marshal said.

The three-alarm fire broke out in a nine-unit apartment building on Branch Street early today, according to a spokeswoman.

Fire is state’s deadliest in 2 decades

Investigators will review the alarm system in the Lowell building where seven people were killed in an early morning fire.

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