Multiple people injured in 3-alarm Rutland blaze

Spencer fire Chief Bob Spencer carried Mama Bear the cat from an apartment building fire at 176 Maple Ave. in Rutland on Friday.
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Spencer fire Chief Bob Parsons carried Mama Bear the cat from an apartment building fire at 176 Maple Ave. in Rutland on Friday.

A three-alarm fire ripped through a large apartment complex in the Central Massachusetts town of Rutland Friday afternoon, injuring multiple people and displacing about 50, one town official said.

Rutland firefighters responded to multiple reports of smoke coming from a building at 176 Maple Ave. just after 2 p.m. Friday, said Michael Moriarty, the communications director for Rutland Regional Emergency Communication Center. Firefighters had to rescue multiple people using a ladder, Moriarty said, and multiple people were injured in the blaze.

It was unclear how many people were injured and the severity of their injuries Friday afternoon, Moriarty said. There was no indication of the monetary damage to the building, either, Moriarty said.


The fire was knocked down by 2:25 p.m. and extinguished by 3:05, Moriarty said.

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A cause had yet to be determined Friday afternoon. The investigation is ongoing.

About 50 to 60 firefighters responded to the scene, with mutual aid from numerous nearby communities, including Spencer, Holden, Oakham, Barre, Paxton, Hubbardston, Princeton, Sterling, Leicester, and Worcester, Moriarty said.

Scott Leslie, who lives across from the building on Maple Avenue, said he saw multiple ambulances and fire crews at the scene of the fire.

“There’s a bunch of fire crews on scene right now that are putting out the residual areas,” Leslie said.


He said the fire started in a unit on the second floor of the apartment building.

“There were adjacent units and people on other floors that were being escorted out of the building,” he said.

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