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    Firefighters battle three-alarm fire in Worcester

    Firefighters battled a stubborn three-alarm fire at a multifamily apartment in Worcester Friday morning and rescued several residents.

    Deputy fire Chief John F. Sullivan said firefighters responded to the fire at 74 West St. at 4:10 a.m. and it took more than three hours to put out because of frozen hydrants and slippery, windy conditions.

    “It was serious upon arrival, and it appears to have started in the lower levels of the building, which is always very challenging because heat and fire are going to rise,” Sullivan said. “It’s going nowhere but up.”


    Sullivan said the roof collapsed in the blaze, resulting in a couple of minor firefighter injuries and a “total loss” of the home. Firefighters rescued eight to 10 families, including a pitbull, from the building, none of whom suffered injuries, he said.

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    All of the apartment residents were displaced, and the American Red Cross is helping to find them temporary housing, Sullivan said.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    The property at 74 West St. is assessed at $620,400 and last sold for $1,260,000 in 2016, according to the city assessor’s records.

    Emily Sweeney can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney. Elise Takahama contributed to this report.