1 dead in Gardner apartment fire

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GARDNER, Mass. (AP) -- Officials have confirmed that one person died in an overnight fire at a Gardner apartment complex for the elderly and disabled.

Fire Lt. Gregory Lagoy tells The Telegram & Gazette that the blaze broke out in one unit of the 171-apartment Heywood Place complex.

Damage, estimated at $175,000, was contained primarily to that one unit.

The death was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the state fire marshal. The victim’s name was not released.

About 30 other residents were evacuated temporarily as a precaution and kept at the local Elks lodge to stay warm.

The cause of the fire at the four-story former furniture factory remains under investigation.


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