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House fire leaves one dead in Massachusetts

July 10, 2021 GMT

SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) — One person has died and another was critically injured after a house fire Saturday morning in Saugus.

WBZ-TV reports that neighbors heard a large bang before flames broke out at the home on Richard Street. Fire crews from several nearby towns joined in the response.

The two victims are elderly residents of the home, according to Deputy Fire Chief Tom Dion.

“We’re in the business of saving lives and this is not the outcome we want, ever,” Dion said.

The badly damaged home will likely have to be demolished, according to Dion. The state Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.