WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Two people died and one person was seriously injured after a major fire broke out at a pair of triple-decker houses in Worcester Friday night.
Worcester firefighters responded to the blaze at 13 Jaques Avenue at around 7:30 p.m., where they found thick smoke and heavy flames funneling out the windows. Upon arrival, firefighters found the neighboring triple-decker was also on fire.
First responders were notified that two people were trapped inside the building where the fire had started, including an elderly woman, according to the Telegram & Gazette.
Shortly after WFD arrived, Worcester Deputy Fire Chief Martin Dyer said a man jumped off a third-floor porch to escape the blaze, sustaining serious injuries, MassLive reports.
According to a GoFundMe that was set up for victims, the two people who died and the man who suffered injuries were part of the same family.
"As a result of the 5 alarm evening blaze on Friday February 12, 2021 we lost my grandmother and uncle," Woodrow Adams Jr., organizer of the GoFundMe, said. "The fire also destroyed my parents, grandparent and family friends belongings."
As of early Saturday morning, Adams Jr. said his father was in the hospital with severe burns and a broken pelvis after he jumped from the third floor balcony.
"My family means so much to the neighborhood/community and now I ask for your help," he added. "Any donation would be greatly appreciated."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Written by Brit Smith