WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts firefighter injured while battling an early morning blaze in an apartment building has died.
Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie confirmed the death of 36-year-old Christopher Roy in a news conference Sunday morning, hours after the blaze.
Lavoie says Roy has been with the department a little more than two years and leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter.
The Worcester Fire Department mourns the line of duty death of FF Christopher Roy who courageously battled a 5 alarm fire on Lowell St. All responding firefighters & crews displayed supreme heroism under extreme conditions. We ask you to keep the family of FF Roy in your thoughts pic.twitter.com/Xs0bOQHGFa— Worcester Fire Dept. (@WorcesterFD) December 9, 2018
The fire in the six-unit building was reported at about 4 a.m. Sunday. All the tenants escaped uninjured.
Lavoie says the fire started in the basement, but “conditions deteriorated rapidly” and several firefighters were trapped on the second floor. A second firefighter was also taken to the hospital.
The death comes days after Worcester marked 19 years since six city firefighters were killed battling a warehouse fire on Dec. 3, 1999.