Third Person Dies Following Holyoke Apartment Building Fire

HOLYOKE, Mass. (CBS/AP) — Authorities say three people were killed and several people were hurt after a large apartment building caught fire in Holyoke. The third victim, announced by officials Monday afternoon, has not been identified.

Officials say the blaze broke out on Sunday morning with flames visible on the third, fourth and fifth floors.

Fire Capt. Anthony Cerruti says a woman jumped from the fourth or fifth floor and died. A second victim was found dead in the fire. Officials identified the first two victims Monday as 48-year-old Maria Cartagena and 55-year-old Jorge Munoz, both of Holyoke, according to westernmassnews.com.

Several people were hospitalized with injuries. Officials couldn’t say if any suffered serious injuries.

Officials say a firefighter suffered a minor hand injury.

The blaze has been extinguished.

Demolition crews have begun tearing down the upper floors. The city’s building inspector determined it could collapse.

The Holyoke Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire.

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