A Massachusetts firefighter died fighting a four-alarm fire in Worcester early Wednesday, Nov. 13.

A Massachusetts firefighter and father of three died while rescuing members of his crew at the scene of a 4-alarm blaze early Wednesday, officials said.

“Our city has suffered an unimaginable loss with the death of Fire Lt. Jason Menard,” Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie said, according to Boston’s WFXT.

Menard and the other firefighters were working to evacuate a resident and baby when they became trapped by heavy flames, Lavoie said.

“Lt. Menard heroically and selflessly saved his crew, helping a probationary firefighter to the stairs and then returning to rescue another firefighter, assisting him out the window,” Lavoie told reporters on Wednesday. “Fire conditions overtook the third floor at this time and Lt. Menard was unable to escape.” Menard and three other firefighters were taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center. Two have been released and one remains in serious but stable condition. According to officials, the baby was unharmed, while the female resident was transported to the emergency room with serious injuries.

Lavoie described Menard as a “passionate firefighter” with unwavering dedication to the community.

 

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