The death toll from Saturday’s major fire in Worcester continues to rise.
On Saturday, officials said two residents had died. Acting Fire Chief Martin Dyer said Monday that two more victims were found in the rubble at Gage Street, WCVB reported. K-9 units were used to recover one victim at 8 a.m. and another at 1 p.m
More victims could yet be found, and emergency responders have yet to cover the entire building, according to NBC 10 Boston. Four people were also injured, including someone who either jumped or fell from a third-story window.
According to a press release, the four-alarm fire completely destroyed a six-family, three-decker home early Saturday morning. Officials said the house was a “total loss”.
“I send my deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” Mayor Joseph Petty said in a statement. “Tragedies like this touch so many lives, and no doubt our city will come together to support those suffering such an unimaginable loss.”
Jim Li, the building’s owner, said a tenant ran into the fire to save as many people as possible, WCVB reported.
“Instead of going out, he went upstairs – upstairs to the third floor! He was on the first floor,” Li told WCVB. “He goes to the third floor, [banging on] Other people’s doors: “Fire! Fire!” Fire! Go out! Go out!'”
According to NBC 10 Boston, nearly 70 firefighters worked about two hours before they were able to bring the blaze under control.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Firefighters were unable to complete the search of the building Saturday due to structural integrity issues, officials said. Two neighboring buildings were also damaged.
“I want to offer my sincere condolences to the families who lost loved ones today,” Police Chief Steven M. Sargent said in a statement. “I appreciate the efforts of all first responders who have worked so hard to prevent further casualties, including the Auburn Police Department who used their drone to assist us. We are committed to working closely with firefighters and our law enforcement partners to investigate the cause of the fire.”
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