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Firefighter injured after propane explosion sparked fatal 2-alarm blaze

The hurt Westborough firefighter, as well as a city police officer, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries


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By Ryan Mancini

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Westborough authorities are investigating what caused a deadly two-alarm fire that left two first responders injured and one person dead on Monday.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at around 1:44 p.m. in the area of 55 Belknap St., according to State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. As they approached, firefighters were told of a person trapped inside the single-family home.

Heavy fire was seen by firefighters venting from the front and left sides of the building, Ostroskey’s office said. Firefighters entered the home to look for the person trapped inside. An older adult woman was found dead inside.

An explosion caused by multiple propane tanks next to the home elevated the blaze to a two-alarm fire, Ostroskey’s office said. A Westborough police officer and one Westborough firefighter were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The victim’s identity has not been disclosed, nor if there were any other residents who lived at the home.

The Westborough Fire Department is investigating the origin and cause of the fire along with the Westborough Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office, and Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office.


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