Fire marshal: Fatal Lowell blaze was started by a plumbing torch
One person died after a four-alarm fire sparked by a plumbing torch ripped through a Lowell apartment building Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. An elderly man making repairs with the torch in a bathroom on the second floor of the Central Street building is believed to have started the fire by accident. The body that was found this morning is likely the man, the State Fire Marshal’s office said in a statement. The state’s medical examiner will conduct the official identification.