Firefighter dead after 5-alarm fire in Worcester

Massachusetts
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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts firefighter injured while battling an early morning blaze in an apartment building has died.

Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie confirmed the death of 36-year-old Christopher Roy in a news conference Sunday morning, hours after the blaze.

Lavoie says Roy has been with the department a little more than two years and leaves behind an 9-year-old daughter.

The fire in the six-unit building was reported at about 4 a.m. Sunday. All the tenants escaped uninjured.

Lavoie says the fire started in the basement, but “conditions deteriorated rapidly” and several firefighters were trapped on the second floor. A second firefighter was also taken to the hospital.

The death comes days after Worcester marked 19 years since six city firefighters were killed battling a warehouse fire on Dec. 3, 1999.

The tragedy also comes just one day after the 7-year anniversary of the death of Worcester firefighter Jon D. Davies who died when a burning house collapsed in 2011.

Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern issued a statement on Roy’s death that read: 

“I am deeply saddened to learn that Firefighter Christopher Roy passed away this morning. December is already a difficult month for the Worcester Fire Department, and this tragedy only adds to the grief we feel for heroes like Christopher who have been taken from us too soon. His family, friends, and fellow firefighters are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno also issued a statement Sunday morning. The full statement reads: 

On behalf of Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi, myself and our City of Springfield, our sympathy, thoughts, prayers and encouragement go out to the family of Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy, the Worcester Fire Department, Mayor Joe Petty, and the residents of Worcester. Earlier this morning, Commissioner Calvi and I spoke and have offered any assistance the Worcester Fire Department may need. May God rest this brave and dedicated firefighter’s soul and may God protect all our firefighters.

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