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6-year-old boy dies due to southeastern Massachusetts fire that sent five others to the hospital



A fire in southeastern Massachusetts on Saturday has claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy.

According to Fire Chief George E. Deering IV, Police Chief Scott MacDonald, and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, the Orleans Fire Department responded to a call for smoke and fire in a residence at 177 Route 6A at about 8:40 p.m. last night. On arrival, firefighters observed smoke and fire coming from the second floor of the 2 1/2-story building.

Firefighters learned at the scene that one person was unaccounted for. Chief Deering ordered a second alarm, drawing mutual aid from surrounding communities, and firefighters immediately made entry to conduct a search. They located one seriously injured person, who was transported to an area hospital. That person later succumbed to their injuries. The victim was identified as a 6-year-old boy. His name is not being released, officials said.

Four other occupants were transported from the scene for medical care. One Orleans police officer was evaluated and released.

The fire was contained to the unit of origin and knocked down in about 20 minutes.

“Our hearts go out to the loved ones of this young man”, said Chief Deering. “I am incredibly proud of the effort put forth by our members, as well as our mutual aid partners and other agencies, who worked with purpose and poise under challenging conditions.”

Local and state officials have determined that the fire was accidental.

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