Firefighter Christopher Roy, 36, of the Worcester Fire Department, perished after battling a 5-alarm basement fire of a 3-story, 6-unit apartment building Sunday, on 7 Lowell Street, in Worcester, Massachussets.
Roy, a single father who served with the Webster Square Fire Station Ladder 4 for two-and-a-half years, died early Sunday, after responding to the apartment fire which deteriorated rapidly.
(Worcester firefighters work at a fatal fire at 7 Lowell St., where firefighters were trapped on the second floor. Courtesy of Telegram Video and YouTube. Posted on Dec 10, 2018.)
Heavy fire forced several firefighters to the second floor to evacuate, and with the assistance of other crews and the city’s Rapid Intervention Team, five firefighters were able to escape using ladders.
Two additional firefighters, including Firefighter Roy, became trapped and had to be rescued by fire crews.
Both were transported to a local hospital where Firefighter Roy passed away from the injuries sustained in the fire.
The second firefighter was evaluated and released.
(Many people stopped by the Webster Square Fire Station to pay their respects Monday. Courtesy of CBS Boston and YouTube. Posted on Dec 10, 2018.)
“On behalf of the entire city of Worcester, I want to offer condolences to the Roy family, Chief Lavoie and the entire Worcester Fire Department,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus.
“I would ask the media to respect the privacy of the family and firefighters during this difficult time.”
The Worcester Fire Department mourns the line of duty death of FF Christopher Roy who courageously battled a 5 alarm fire on Lowell St. All responding firefighters & crews displayed supreme heroism under extreme conditions. We ask you to keep the family of FF Roy in your thoughts pic.twitter.com/Xs0bOQHGFa
— Worcester Fire Dept. (@WorcesterFD) December 9, 2018
Condolences from near and far have poured in for the Worcester community, as friends and colleagues remember the firefighter for his love of his job.
Firefighter Christopher Roy is the eighth Worcester firefighter to die in the line of duty in 19 years.
The tragic incident comes seven years and one day after Worcester firefighter Jon Davies lost his life battling a structure fire on Arlington Street in 2011, after a building Davies was searching collapsed on him while he was looking for a reported victim.
Today we remember and honor FF Jon Davies. FF Davies lost his life on December 8, 2011 while fighting a structure fire on Arlington St. FF Davies was conducting a search for a reported victim when the building collapsed. pic.twitter.com/CXDe5zMzvD
— Worcester Fire Dept. (@WorcesterFD) December 8, 2018