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One Dead In Chelsea Fire

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CHELSEA (CBS/AP) — Chelsea fire officials have confirmed one person died in a fire Friday night.

The two-alarm blaze broke out just before midnight Friday at a multi-unit building on Spruce Street.

Authorities say two women and one man were taken to the hospital. One of the women, 20-year-old Crystal Lynn Blanchard of Chelsea, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The other two victims are a 33-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman. She was treated and released, he suffered severe burns. Fire Capt. Mike Gurska says he jumped from a second-floor window to escape the fire was found by firefighters on a sidewalk. He says the man is in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.

WBZ News Radio’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.


Gurska says the fire displaced as many as 10 people, including a 2-year-old child.

State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office are investigating how the fire started.

Friday morning, a fire broke out in four-unit building on Bellingham Street.

That fire has been classified as suspicious, with officials saying someone set it on a back porch, right outside the bedroom of a nine-year-old girl.

None of the residents were injured in that fire, but a firefighter was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

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