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Man, 80, dies in apartment blaze in Andover; second elderly person to die this week in fire

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Fire crews responded to the scene of a fire at an apartment complex on Railroad Street in Andover.

By Laney Ruckstuhl Globe Correspondent 

An 80-year-old man who died after being rescued from a two-alarm fire in his Andover apartment building Thursday morning was the second elderly person to die in a fire in Massachusetts this week, officials said.

The Essex district attorney’s office said in a statement that the man was located in his apartment by fire crews at 30 Railroad St. Firefighters performed emergency life-saving measures on scene. The man was then transported to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No other residents were injured.

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Maria Montalvo, 85, of Worcester died in a fire that started in her home at 3 Green Farms Road on Monday morning, The Department of Fire Services said in a statement.

The Andover man was the 11th person to die in a fire in Massachusetts this year, DFS spokesperson Jennifer Mieth said in an e-mail.

Andover fire Chief Michael Mansfield said the fire alarms in the four-story brick building with 157 units went off around 10:50 a.m. The fire started on the fourth floor of the building in one of the units, he said.

Mansfield said the building was fully occupied at the time, and residents were evacuated to unaffected parts of the building to shelter in place while the department battled the flames. The fire was under control by about 11:30 a.m.

The blaze remains under investigation.


Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at laney.ruckstuhl@globe.com
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