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1 dead in morning fire in Springfield apartment building as firefighters rescue another


SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A 49-year-old Springfield resident has died in a fire in an apartment building.

The Republican reports ( that the Springfield Fire Department says Thoa Vu, one of two people taken from the burning building just after 4 a.m. Sunday, was declared dead at Baystate Medical Center.

Firefighters made their way to a third-floor apartment where they found Vu lying on the kitchen floor. Vu was carried downstairs to medical personnel, who began CPR and took the victim to an ambulance.

A woman was rescued from a second-floor porch where she was stranded. Firefighters using a ladder took the uninjured woman off the roof.

An aide to Springfield Fire Commissioner Joseph A. Conant says the electrical fire began in a third-floor bathroom.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican,

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