WORCESTER – As the blizzard raged on, Worcester firefighters battled a blaze overnight that destroyed a home on Alvarado Avenue and sent some people to the hospital with minor smoke inhalation issues.
Firefighters rescued one pregnant woman from the home. Fire officials officials did not have an update on her condition Tuesday morning.
Just after 2 a.m., Worcester firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at 20 Alvarado Avenue.
City Manager Edward Augustus said a large family was living in the home. Seven people, including children, were rescued, he said.
“Firefighters did a great job,” Augustus said. “Luckily everyone was safe.”
According to the Worcester firefighters union Twitter page, the attic of the home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.
After a quick battle hampered by blizzard conditions, firefighters had to be evacuated from the home due to a roof collapse.
Wind gusts proved to be a problem for firefighters as they tackled the fire. As the wind whipped through the air, the fire would reignite. Officials said the cold temperatures left firefighters caked with ice.