Mother, 4 children confirmed dead in Warwick fire

  • Warwick Fire Station

Recorder Staff
Published: 3/4/2017 3:27:41 PM

WARWICK – A mother and four children died in a severe fire early Saturday morning that destroyed their single-family home at 405 Richmond Road.

Authorities said Saturday afternoon that the father and one child of the household escaped, but declined to name any of the family members yet.

Though identities have not been released yet, the news of the fire has shocked Warwick residents.

“It’s horrific,” Warwick resident John Bradford said. “It’s not something that’s easy to wrap your head around.”

At around 12:45 a.m. , emergency responders arrived to the scene of the three-alarm fire. According to Town Coordinator David Young, at least 16 departments provided assistance throughout the night.

“There’s not much left of the structure at all,” he said.

Two family members were able to escape, Young said, but five people – the mother and four children – were initially unaccounted for and later found to have perished in the blaze. Some of the children are Warwick Community School students, one attends Pioneer Valley Regional School, and at least one was home schooled, authorities said.

The investigation into the origin and cause of the fire is being jointly conducted by the Warwick fire and police departments and state police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Office of the Northwestern District Attorney and Code Compliance Office in the Department of Fire Services.

According to Young, scene access is difficult and people are being asked to stay away. As of around 11:30 a.m., Richmond Road was blocked to public traffic and journalists.

Among the most deadly house fires in Franklin County in recent memory was a Sept. 25 fire on Meridian Street in Greenfield when three adults and a 5-year-old perished in a 5:15 a.m. blaze.


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