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7 residents displace, 2 firefighters hurt in 5-alarm blaze at Oxford apartment building


OXFORD, Massachusetts — The state fire marshal says an Oxford apartment building fire that displaced seven people and injured two firefighters appears to be accidental.

Fire Marshal Stephen Coan and Oxford Fire Chief Sheri Bemis said Monday that the fire reported at about 12:30 a.m. began in a basement laundry room. Investigators were unable to determine if it was caused by an electrical wiring or appliance malfunction.

The fire marshal said the historic building, renovated to include four apartments, dated to 1756. It was assessed at $290,000.

One resident awakened by a smoke alarm alerted the others, who made it out safely.

Bemis said several firefighters slipped on the ice that formed in the freezing temperatures and two were hurt, including one who was taken to a hospital for a fractured hip.

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