Explosives, Body Found In Rubble Of Fitchburg Fire


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(WBZ-TV)

FITCHBURG, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Worcester District Attorney's office said a body and explosives were found in the rubble after a fire at a Fitchburg condo building.

The fire erupted at a Beekman Street condo complex around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. There were reports of multiple explosions.

Worcester DA Joe Early said the identity of the deceased won't be determined until the medical examiner finishes their autopsy.

"The cause and the origin of the fire have yet to be determined, although we did locate two improvised explosive devices, also known as IEDs, in the apartment," Early said. "We also found some propane tanks in the apartment, they were located within close proximity to the propane tanks."

Early said the devices were found and removed by the State Police Bomb Squad. He said the investigation was leading authorities to believe the unidentified person set the devices off as an intentional act.

The WBZ-TV I-Team's Cheryl Fiandaca told WBZ NewsRadio's Laurie Kirby the victim apparently had a troubling record.

"This person that was missing in the fire, that they found the body today, was a resident of the building, according to sources allegedly had some issues in the building, and most recently, had made some threats," Fiandaca said. "So they weren't completely surprised to find that this is how it's all unveiled."

Dozens of people were displaced by the blaze.

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