Worcester firefighters doused a ferocious hearth Wednesday morning with heavy hearts, battling chilly and flames within the predawn hours only a road away from the funeral residence the place their fallen comrade will probably be remembered later this week.
Crews fought a three-alarm blaze that started shortly earlier than 5 a.m., ultimately engulfing a six-household condo constructing on Allen Road. All 14 occupants made it out safely because the flames raged, but the building was “extensively damaged,” Deputy Chief Martin Dyer, the department spokesman, advised the Herald.
The individuals displaced, including some youngsters, are being assisted by the Purple Cross.
Temperatures within the teenagers in the course of the early morning added to the problem of preventing the flames.
“We had some water-provide issues with frozen hydrants,” Dyer stated.
He stated that led the department to take a defensive strategy, specializing in maintaining the hearth from spreading. Two firefighters suffered minor slip-and-fall injuries outdoors the building as they fought the hearth, Dyer stated; they have been treated and shortly launched from an area hospital.
The hearth is just one mile from Lowell Road, where the division lost firefighter Christopher Roy in a five-alarm condo-house inferno Sunday. Ladder four from the Webster Sq. Hearth Station, on which Roy, 36, served, was among the many apparatus responding to Allen Road.
Dyer acknowledged the ache the members of the division are carrying, however stated the members of the department are ready for motion when the time calls for it — as Roy was.
“We’re skilled firefighters,” Dyer stated, a catch in his voice. “When the three tones strike, it’s recreation day.”
However after the flames die down, reminiscences set again in, along with the belief that the blaze is true across the corner from the Alfred Roy & Sons Funeral Residence where their brother shall be remembered on Saturday.
“It’s surreal,” Dyer stated.