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Woman Killed In Fire At Gardner Apartment

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One person was killed in this fire in Gardner.

One person was killed in this fire in Gardner.

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GARDNER (CBS) – A woman was killed in a fire at a home in Gardner early Sunday morning.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

The flames broke out around 2:20 a.m. on the first floor of a triple-decker on Graham Street.

A woman who lived in the apartment where the fire started was found dead.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports.

“That apartment was untenable because of the fire conditions on the inside. Unfortunately, this is a fatal fire,” said Gardner Fire Chief Ronald Therrien.

Steve Robichaud said he and another resident tried to rescue the victim from her burning apartment before firefighters arrived.

“(We) tried kicking the door open, but the door was red hot. There was already flames coming out of her bedroom window and out of her living room. Her apartment was totally engulfed in flames,” said Robichaud.

Six to ten people are now without a home. Most fire victims are staying with friends and relatives. The Red Cross is assisting them.

The cause of the fire is not known.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital, but is expected to be fine.

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