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One Missing After Explosions, Fire Destroys Fitchburg Apartment Building


STUDIOS IN BOSTON THIS IS WBZ NEWS AT NOON. RIGHT NOW INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING FOR ONE PERSON MISSING AFTER A FIRE IN FITCHBURG. SKY EYE OVER THE SCENE A SHORT TIME AGO. YOU CAN SEE THE ROOF OF THAT BUILDING COMPLETELY BURNED AWAY. FIRE CREWS HAD TO RESCUE ONE PERSON AS WELL. THANKS FOR JOINING US. I’M CHRIS MCKINNON. I’M KATE MERRILL. THEY’LL BE THERE FOR SEVERAL MORE HOURS TODAY. LOUISA MUELLER IS THERE WITH MORE. KATE AND CHRIS, THE UPDATE FROM THE WORCESTER COUNTY DA AS FOR A COUPLE MINUTES AGO WERE REPORTS OF MULTIPLE EXPLOSIONS FROM A ROUGHLY 20 UNIT APARTMENT COMPLEX ON BEAKMAN STREET. CREWS ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR ONE RESIDENT WHO IS MISSING. YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS BLOWN OUT PART OF THE BUILDING THERE’S OBVIOUSLY EVIDENCE THAT THINGS WENT BLOWING OUT OF THERE ONTO THE GROUND. FIRE CREWS SAY THE CALL CAME IN AROUND 5:30 LAST NIGHT FOR A CONVERTED SCHOOL BUILDING NOW APARTMENT COMPLEX UP IN FLAMES. TWO PEOPLE WERE STUCK INSIDE. ULTIMATELY ONE GOT OUT ON THEIR OWN AND ANOTHER WAS RESCUED BY FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE THIRD FLOOR. THE BLAZE BURNED THROUGH THE NIGHT AND PART OF THE ROOF COLLAPSED. CREWS ARE TRYING TO FIND THAT MISSING PERSON BUT IT IS SLOW GOING BECAUSE THE BUILDING IS NOT SAFE TO ENTER. WE’VE GOT THE SEVERE FIRE AND LET THE INVESTIGATORS DO WHAT THEY’VE GOT TO DO, GET INTO THE BUILDING AS THEY DEEM IT SAFE AND DO THEIR JOBS WITHOUT OBVIOUSLY NOT ALLOWING ANYONE ELSE TO GET HURT. A LONG SLOW PROCESS TRYING TO. WE HAVE NO CAUSE OF THIS FIRE JUST YET BUT THE DA SAYS THAT ATF MASS STATE POLICE BOMB SQUAD AND THE FIRE MARSHALL ARE ALL INVESTIGATING. THEY HOPE TO GIVE US AN UPDATE

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