On June 9, 2016, a three-decker home in Worcester (MA) was completely destroyed in a fire exacerbated by high winds. On arrival, heavy fire was out across the street to a point that fire apparatus were unable to get past the dwelling. A defensive attack was the only choice in an attempt to knock down the intense fire, and a second alarm was struck. As the heavy fire was knocked down and firefighters were able to get inside, the fire re-intensified due to the high winds blowing from different directions onto the hilltop, requiring a third alarm. The roof eventually collapsed and the building was a total loss. Fire officials said seven people were left homeless and a few pets were lost in the fire. The fire is under investigation.

– Fire News photos by Scott LaPrade