Firefighter dies rescuing crew members at 4-alarm blaze

November 13, 2019 - 7:54 am

(WORCESTER, Mass.) -- A Massachusetts firefighter and father of three died while rescuing members of his crew at the scene of a 4-alarm blaze overnight, officials said.

The massive fire in Worcester, about 45 miles west of Boston, was reported just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

Four firefighters raced to the second floor where a baby was trapped, officials said.

Lt. Jason Menard, a member of the Worcester Fire Department since 2010, died rescuing the other members of his crew, officials said.

The high winds and brutally cold temperature made it difficult for the fallen lieutenant to be rescued, officials said.

Three other firefighters were injured while battling the blaze. One remains in the hospital in serious but stable condition and the other two firefighters have been released.

Menard leaves behind his wife, three children and parents, the department said.

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