WORCESTER – Early Tuesday morning, Worcester firefighters were dispatched to 77 Merrifield St. for a report of a building fire.
According to the Worcester Fire Department, the call came in around 2:39 AM. When fire crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and people trapped on the second and third floors. Ladders were set to the building to rescue the residents.
A second and third alarm were struck to assist with the rescue and putting the fire out.
Firefighters were able to rescue seven people form the building — four people from the second floor over a ground ladder and three from the third floor over an aerial ladder.
In total, five adults and two children were rescued, all transported to local hospitals for evaluation.
As a result of the fire, there is damage to the three floors of the eight-unit building and a total of 14 people were displaced.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is under investigation by the Worcester Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit.
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