At least two people are dead and three have been injured, in a four story fire Saturday at a multi-family home in Worcester, city officials said.
The residents were taken to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Their conditions were not known late Saturday afternoon.
No firefighters were injured in the massive fire at 2 Gage St., a property with six residential units, city officials said in a statement issues around 4 p.m.
The building was totally destroyed, and due to its condition, fire crews were still trying to do a complete search of the property, Roche said in the statement.
The fire was reported at about 3:30 a.m. and fire crews battled the blaze for much of the day. As of 4 p.m., crews were still on the scene addressing “hot spots,” Roche said.
Properties nearby at 4 Gage St. and 5 Eastern Ave. were also damaged, though the extent of damage was not known, the statement.
Nearly 70 firefighters responded to the call, the statement said. The Red Cross is on scene to assist families displaced by the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Mayor Joseph M. Petty said he was “heartbroken” by the loss of lives and extended condolences to the victims and their families.
“Tragedies such as this affect so many lives and our city will no doubt come together to support those who are suffering from such an unimaginable loss,” Petty said in the statement.
City Manager Edward M. Augustus said expressed his condolences to the victims and praised the “valiant effort” of fire, police and other emergency workers who responded to the scene.
“While we are deeply saddened by the loss of life, we are thankful to our public safety personnel for their selfless and professional response which prevented more damage and tragedy,” Augustus said in the statement.
Police Chief Steven M. Sargent also praised the response of first responders from Worcester and neighboring communities. “I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families that have lost loved ones today,” Sargent said in the statement. “I appreciate the efforts of all the first responders that worked so hard to prevent further loss of life, including the Auburn Police Department who deployed their drone to assist us.
This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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