Easter Sunday fire in Sturbridge displaces more than 30

More than 30 people were displaced Sunday morning when a three-alarm fire broke out at a 42-unit apartment complex in Sturbridge, according to authorities.

Fourteen units in the complex at 489 Main St. were completely destroyed, said Jeff Hall, a spokesman for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, which was assisting families. Hall said he did not know exactly how many people lived in those units.

“Those folks are going to need some help,” Hall said in a brief telephone interview Sunday evening.

A Sturbridge fire and police dispatcher said Sunday evening the investigation into the fire was still active, and there weren’t any officials available who could immediately comment.


The fire, which happened at about 7 a.m., drew the assistance from several fire departments of nearby communities, including Spencer and Warren.

The Auburn Fire Department said in a tweet that multiple people were reported to have smoke inhalation.

It was not immediately clear if there were any other injuries.

The property manager of the building was putting up residents in a nearby hotel for the time being, Hall said. The Red Cross had spoken with 31 of the people affected as of Sunday evening, he said, and planned to set up a multi-agency resource center on Monday or Tuesday for those affected.

Alejandro Serrano can be reached at alejandro.serrano@globe.com.