Weekend condo fire leaves two dead, one injured

Late Saturday night, a fast-moving fire tore through a Chelmsford condominium building, leaving two people dead and a child seriously injured. The fire department received the first report of the fire just after 11 p.m. and first responders were at the scene within minutes, the Chelmsford deputy fire chief said.

A husband and wife in their 70s were killed in the fire, which remains under investigation by officials. The couple son, his wife and their two children managed to escape the blaze unharmed. However, a 7-year-old boy, who also lived in the building, had to be airlifted to Boston for treatment of serious burn injuries.

Another resident of the building had to be rescued by firefighters from her third story balcony at the back of the building. The woman’s sister also lives in the building and called her sister “lucky to be alive” and called the scene “unbelievable.” The woman who was rescued said she likely lost all of her belongings in the fire.

The deputy fire chief said the back of the building, located on Littleton Road, was the most severely burned and collapsed during the fire. Reportedly, it took about three hours for firefighters to put out the blaze. Firefighters from neighboring Lowell, Billerica, Westford, Tewksbury and Nashua were also called to the scene.

Investigators will continue to search for the cause of the deadly fire. House and building fires can be caused by faulty wiring, dangerous heaters, bad construction, and defective appliances, furnaces and boilers. Depending on the origin of the fire, it is possible that the victims could seek compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: Wicked Local, “Chelmsford condo fire identified,” Molly Loughman and Ann Ringwood, Jan. 8, 2013