1 dead in Gardner apartment fire
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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