Worcester County

One killed, several people rescued in Groveland apartment fire

GROVELAND, Mass. — One person has died and several others were rescued from an apartment building in Groveland that caught fire on Friday afternoon, according to authorities.

Groveland firefighters responded to a report of a fire at 2 Manor Drive shortly before 3:00 p.m.

“The first engine on scene found extreme fire conditions coming from the first floor, extending to the second floor,” according to Groveland Fire Chief Robert Valentine.

Fire officials say three people were rescued from a second floor deck in the back of the building. Those individuals were transported to an area hospital for evaluation and have since been released, according to Chief Valentine.

“Rescuers located an adult male in a first-floor apartment who was pronounced dead at the scene,” according to a release issued by the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s office. The identity of the man is not being released at this time, but Groveland fire officials say the victim was approximately 73-years-old.

“This is the first fatal fire in the Town of Groveland since 1966,” according to the state Fire Marshal.

The flames charred most of the front half of the building. Fire officials say the building is a total loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, as well as Groveland police and fire departments.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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