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Worcester Firefighter Dies After Early-Morning Blaze

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Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy.
Worcester Fire Department

A Worcester firefighter died Sunday after battling a five-alarm blaze that broke out on Lowell Street early that morning.

Thirty-six-year-old Christopher Roy, who was a Shrewsbury resident, died after responding to a fire in an apartment building at 7 Lowell St., Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie confirmed. All the tenants escaped uninjured.

Firefighters across eastern Massachusetts honored Roy as his body was transported to the state medical examiner's office in Boston on Monday. Firefighters, first responders and citizens lined the route and left flowers outside Roy's fire station.

A wake will be held Friday evening at St. John's Catholic Church in Worcester. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at the church Saturday at 10 a.m.

Roy leaves behind a 9-year-old daughter, his parents, and a brother, according to a statement released by the Worcester Fire Department. He had served on the Worcester Fire Department for two and a half years.

"Conditions deteriorated rapidly with heavy fire forcing several firefighters on the second floor to evacuate," Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty said in the statement.

A second firefighter was also taken to the hospital and was released.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

“Fire crews were heroic in their efforts to rescue their colleagues under extreme conditions," Lavoie said in the statement. “Every person on the fire-ground gave 110 percent to try to rescue the firefighters who were in danger."

The death comes days after Worcester marked 19 years since six city firefighters were killed battling a warehouse fire on Dec. 3, 1999.

Several local officials expressed their feelings on Twitter.

Gov. Charlie Baker wrote in a tweet that "December has been especially cruel to Worcester firefighters and their families over the years. Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers."

Rep. Jim McGovern expressed his sympathy for Roy's family in a tweet.

"Deeply saddened to learn that Firefighter Christopher Roy passed away this morning," McGovern wrote. "December is already a difficult month for the [Worcester Fire Department], and this tragedy only adds to the grief we feel for heroes like Christopher who have been taken from us too soon."

"Our brave firefighters truly do put their lives on the line, each and every day they're on the job," Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote in a tweet.

The Boston Police Department expressed sympathy at "the news of a hero lost in Worcester this morning."

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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