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Firefighter is killed battling 5-alarm blaze in Worcester

Eight residents were displaced during Sunday morning’s five-alarm fire on Lowell Street in Worcester. Firefighter Christopher Roy died while battling the blaze. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

WORCESTER — Residents of a Lowell Street apartment house awoke hours before dawn Sunday, startled to find smoke and heat rising into the first floor from the basement.

Roy lived in Shrewsbury and had served on the Worcester force for 2½ years. —Worcester Fire Department

As families fled, firefighters rushed inside, but soon the rapidly growing conflagration forced them to retreat — some scrambling down ladders to safety.

One did not make it.

Worcester fire Lieutenant Steven Oberg (left) embraces another member of the force at the scene. —Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff
Christopher Roy leaves behind a 9-year-old daughter.
A firefighter paused at the scene. —Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff