Three-alarm fire in 4-unit apartment building in Massachusetts kills; first responders save two – Fall River Reporter

Fire Chief Robert Valentine, Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen, State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey and Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said today that a three-alarm fire on Manor Drive had claimed the life of one person.

Chief Valentine said at 3:01 p.m. Friday, the Groveland Fire Department received a 911 call reporting a fire at the building at 2 Manor Drive, a 4-unit apartment building.

The nearest Groveland Engine, parked nearby on Main Street, was on a medical call at the time, so Groveland Fire immediately requested a mutual aid response from the West Newbury and Georgetown Fire Departments.

Groveland police also responded and were the first to arrive on the scene. Police immediately reported people trapped in the back of the building on the second floor.

Groveland Police and Fire Department worked together to rescue two people from the second floor using a floor ladder.

Rescuers located an adult male in a first-floor apartment who was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is withheld pending official identification by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The point of origin and cause of the fire is being jointly investigated by the Groveland Fire Department, the Groveland Police Department, the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit of State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and State Police Detectives assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.

West Newbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Merrimac, Georgetown, Amesbury, Methuen and Rowley Fire Departments provided mutual aid, and Andover Fire Department sent its aerial trailer to the scene. PRIDEStar EMS and Cataldo Ambulance also responded to the scene.

The Boxford and North Andover fire departments covered the Groveland stations. It is the first fatal fire in the town of Groveland since 1966.

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