300-400 People Displaced In Overnight Fire In Worcester

By Tiffany Williams –

Thursday morning, Worcester Fire Department responded to 16 Laurel Street for a fire in an electrical room. Firefighters arrived at the scene of the Plumley Village High Rise at 3:42 a.m. and quickly extinguished the fire.

The electrical system for the entire building suffered significant damage and because of the amount of damage and extent of repairs, all residents of the building are being relocated until the repairs can be made and the residences are deemed safe for occupancy.

In an email Thursday morning the city of Worcester said “The City of Worcester Division of Emergency Management and the Office of Acting City Manager Eric D. Batista are working closely with Plumley Village management to find temporary lodging for the residents of the building, which consists of 120 apartments and an estimated 300 to 400 residents.

“Any time residents are displaced from their home due to a fire is cause for alarm, but to have hundreds of families displaced on Thanksgiving morning is tragic,” said Acting City Manager Eric D. Batista and Acting Fire Chief Martin Dyer. “Our crisis response teams went to work swiftly this morning and are collaborating with partner agencies on housing and resources for the displaced. We ask for privacy for these individuals during this difficult time and in the days ahead.”

The city of Worcester said “The time frame for restoring power to the building is currently unknown, however crews are working diligently with National Grid and the City of Worcester Division of Inspectional Services to make the necessary repairs as quickly as possible.”

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