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Fire guts apartment complex, seven injured



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A five-unit apartment building at 7 Pearl St. was deemed a total loss after a fire tore through the complex during the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 17. Joy Richard. (click for larger version)
October 17, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Fire ripped through a Pearl Street apartment complex Sunday morning, injuring seven people and leaving the building a total loss.

Of the injured, four were residents of the building, two were police officers who were treated for smoke inhalation, and one firefighter was treated for burns. The three public safety members were released later in the day. The condition of the resident remains unknown.

One resident on Mechanic Street who wished to remain unidentified, said she awoke to the sounds of what she though were explosions. After stepping out onto her porch to get a better look at the commotion, she said she saw flames from the blaze leaping over the tops of the apartment building across the street.

According to a press release issued from the Southbridge Fire Department Sunday, Oct. 17, calls came into the department at approximately 2:30 a.m. reporting a structure fire at 7 Pearl St.

Callers told the dispatcher there were several residents trapped within the five-family building.

Upon arrival fire personal were confronted "with heavy fire in the rear of the building on the second and third floors."

According to the department, one woman was brought down by ladder from the third floor, while police officers helped escort the other residents away from the building.

By 6 a.m., the fire had been brought under control.

The fire was classified at four alarms, with mutual aid called in from Sturbridge, Charlton, Dudley and Webster.

Ambulances from Sturbridge and Webster transported a total of seven people to Harrington Memorial Hospital for various injuries.

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