One firefighter was killed and another was seriously injured when part of a burning apartment building collapsed in Worcester early Thursday morning.
John (local paper has it as "Jon") Davies, a 17-year veteran of the department, was killed when he and another firefighter went back to search for a missing person inside the burning building at 44 Arlington Street after 4 a.m.
Firefighters initially cleared 12 occupants from the building. One of the building's occupants told firefighters that there was another person who may be trapped in a rear back bedroom.
Video above from Michael Brogan.
Firefighter Davies, a 17-year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department and father to three sons, and his partner, Firefighter Carroll, a 14-year fire veteran, went back inside to search for that victim. The building collapsed on top of them. Firefighter Davies was killed, and Firefighter Carroll was trapped for almost an hour until his colleagues could free him from the rubble.
The above clip includes video from Matthew Gregoire, Providence Fire Videos.
There is still an active search for an occupant believed to be trapped inside the building.
The scene must be stabilized, the chief (Gerard Dio) said.
Additional equipment has been brought to the scene.
The fire occurred nearly 12 years to the day that six Worcester firefighters were killed in a massive warehouse fire.