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Christopher J. Roy, Firefighter

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On December 9, 2018, Firefighter Christopher Roy responded with the Worcester Fire Department to a basement fire of a 3-story, 6-unit apartment building. Conditions deteriorated rapidly and, ultimately, the fire went to five alarms. Heavy fire forced several firefighters to the second floor to evacuate. With the assistance of other crews and the Rapid Intervention Team, five firefighters escaped using ladders. Two additional firefighters, including Firefighter Roy, became trapped and had to be rescued by fire crews. Both were transported to a local hospital where Firefighter Roy passed away from the injuries sustained. The second firefighter was evaluated and released.

Incident Location: 7 Lowell Street, Worcester, MA 01603

Department information

Worcester Fire Department
141 Grove Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01605

Chief: Michael J. Lavoie

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 36
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: December 9, 2018 03:58
Date of death: December 9, 2018
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential