WORCESTER (WBZ-AM) -- A three-alarm fire tore through a multi-family home Wednesday morning--just one mile away from where a blaze killed Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy on Sunday.
Two Worcester firefighters suffered minor injuries, and fourteen people were displaced. The building is a total loss.
Worcester Deputy Fire Chief Martin Dyer said crews fighting the fire at the Allen Street home faced an additional hurdle due to the cold--a frozen fire hydrant.
"With the fire growth already so heavy on arrival, the fire just took off, and it's been very hard to contain," he said.
One man at the fire scene told WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl his son was one of the firefighters battling the flames.
"I don't usually go to fires he goes to, but I had to make sure things were okay on this one, so that's what brought me out," he said. "As soon as I found out he was okay, I made contact with our family members just to put our minds at ease. You know, it's right on the heels of what has just occurred, and just terrible thoughts go through one's head."
Nerves are raw in Worcester. Dyer said his firefighters were ready for battle as the alarm came in--but as the city prepares to yet again lay one of their bravest to rest, each alarm brings with it a sense of dread.
"Once the three tones struck our firefighters went straight to work," Dyer said. "All bad thoughts and whatnot went out of their head, and they came in and did the best job that they can."
WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) reports