Worcester- According to the Worcester Fire Department, at 3:58 AM early Sunday morning a fire broke out at Seven Lowell Street in Worcester. The fire claimed the life of firefighter Christopher J. Roy, age thirty-six of Shrewsbury. He was a two-and-a-half-year member of Ladder four, group three of the Worcester Fire Department stationed at the Webster Square Station. Two Worcester firefighters were also taken to the hospital and one has been released.
Mayor Joseph M. Petty said in a statement that the fire started in the basement of a 3-story, 6 apartment building. The fire reached 5 alarms and conditions at the scene took a turn for the worse very quickly. Firefighters were forced to escape to the second floor from the poor conditions and five exited the building on a ladder with the assistance of other crews and the Rapid Intervention Team.
Mayor Petty says that “This is a sad day for the Worcester Fire Department and the city of Worcester.”
Roy leaves behind a 9-year-old daughter, his parents who are Worcester residents and a brother.
Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie says that “This is a difficult day for the Worcester Fire Department.” Lavoie also explained that this is more painful because this week is a week of mourning for former Worcester Firefighter Jon Davies and six others who died in the Cold Storage Warehouse fire some nine-teen years ago on December 3rd, 1999.
Lavoie remains extremely thankful in a difficult time and stresses that “Every person on the fire-ground gave one hundred and ten percent to try and rescue the firefighters who were in danger.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Worcester Fire Department, Worcester police Department and the state police assigned to both the state fire Marshal’s office and the Office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early.