1 person dead in Worcester house fire

Published 02-02-2019

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - One person has died in a house fire in Worcester.

Fire officials say the person, who they didn't immediately identify, was found amid the debris as firefighters battled a blaze at a two-story residence.

The fire was reported at about 3 a.m. Saturday and at least two other residents escaped.

One got out from a second floor window and was rescued from the first floor roof. The other exited from the first floor and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials say frigid conditions, heavy flames and "an enormous amount of debris" in the house hindered rescue efforts.

Fire Chief Michael Lavoie said he was "deeply saddened" at the death but proud of the effort firefighters made. The department's Fire Investigations Unit and the police are investigating.

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