Fire official says 7 killed in Massachusetts apartment blaze

Posted July 10, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.

BOSTON — Seven people were killed when a fire tore through an apartment building in the Boston suburb of Lowell on Thursday morning, a Massachusetts fire official said.

Several people had jumped out of the building to escape the three-alarm fire, which struck the nine-apartment complex 30 miles north of Boston just before 4 a.m., according to Stephen Coan, the Massachusetts state fire marshal.

It was unclear how many people were injured.

Some 48 people were estimated to have been inside the building when the fire erupted, said Jeff Winward, deputy chief of the Lowell Fire Department.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, officials said.