12 Families Displaced and 1 Worcester Firefighter Confirmed Dead

By Tiffany Williams –

Early Sunday morning Worcester Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 7 Lowell St.

What eventually became a five-alarm fire also became a deadly fire when firefighter Christopher Roy, 36-years-old became trapped until other firefighters were able to reach him.

Chief Michael Lavoie said that firefighter Roy succumbed to his injuries after he was rescued from the building.

The Chief also confirmed that another firefighter was injured and taken to an area hospital.

History shows that for the Worcester Fire Department, December is a deadly month.

Just yesterday folks gathered on Franklin Street to remember fallen Worcester firefighter Jon Davies, who lost his life in the line of duty in 2011 and just last week this city came together to remember the “Worcester 6,” Lt. Thomas Spencer, Lt. Timothy Jackson Sr., Lt. James Lyons III, and firefighters Jeremiah Lucey, Paul Brotherton and Joseph McGuirk who lost their lives in the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse fire on December 3, 1999.

At 7 Lowell St. the Red Cross says that about a dozen families have been displaced.

Congressman Jim McGovern tweeted this morning, “Deeply saddened to learn that Firefighter Christopher Roy passed away this morning. December is already a difficult month for the @WorcesterFD & this tragedy only adds to the grief we feel for heroes like Christopher who have been taken from us too soon.”

Boston Police Department tweeted this morning, “The men and women of @bostonpolice were saddened to hear the news of a hero lost in Worcester this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters of @WorcesterFD FF Christopher Roy, 36, who died bravely fighting a fire early this morning.”

Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey also tweeted this morning, “The @WorcesterFD knows too many heroes who gave their lives running toward danger to save others. Today we mourn Firefighter Christopher Roy and hold his family, friends, and fellow firefighters in our hearts.”

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