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Monday, December 10, 2018

 

Firefighter Christopher Roy

Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy passed away after becoming trapped inside a building while battling a five-alarm fire in Worcester on Sunday morning.

Roy was rescued from the building, but died of his injuries at the hospital.

“This is a difficult day for the Worcester Fire Department and particularly painful as this is the week we remember and mourn the passing of Worcester Firefighter Jon Davies and the six who perished in the Cold Storage Warehouse fire,” said Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie.

Roy, 36, was assigned to Ladder 4, Group 3 at the Webster Square Fire Station. He had served on the Worcester Fire Department for 2 ½ years.

He leaves behind a 9-year old daughter, his parents who are Worcester residents, and a brother. He was a Shrewsbury resident.

“This is a sad day for the Worcester Fire Department and the City of Worcester. Firefighter Roy died fighting a fire at 7 Lowell Street. The fire was first reported at 3:58 a.m. Initial reports were for a fire in the basement of the 3-story, 6-unit building. Ultimately the fire went to five alarms. Conditions deteriorated rapidly with heavy fire forcing several firefighters on the second floor to evacuate. With the assistance of other crews and the Rapid Intervention Team, five firefighters escaped over ladders,” said Mayor Joseph Petty.

Congressman Jim McGovern said in a statement, “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.”

The Fire

Firefighters were called to 7 Lowells Street around 3:58 a.m. after residents said they smelled smoke and heard alarms.

According to officials, first reports were for a fire in the basement of the three-story home, but the fire was upgraded to five alarms quickly.

According to the Red Cross, about a dozen residents were displaced by the fire.

According to the Worcester Fire Department, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

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