Fire is state’s deadliest in 2 decades

Four adults and three children were killed in the fast-moving fire that turned a Lowell apartment building into a scene of chaos.

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

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Seven people — 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.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

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

Nine people were taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Nine people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

“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.

Officials will search for the cause and origin of the fire.

Elise Amendola/AP

Officials will search for the cause and origin of the fire.

People wait outside the scene of the Lowell fire.

Relatives identify family members killed in fire

A family of five died, along with a woman who was heading out of the burning building, but returned to try and save her dog.

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