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Dozens of Worcester families evacuated on Thanksgiving after high rise fire 11/24/2022 Ryan Mancini,
Worcester Fire Department responds to a fire at the Table Talk Pies factory in Kelley Square. © Tom Matthews | tmatthews/ Worcester Fire Department responds to a fire at the Table Talk Pies factory in Kelley Square.

A fire blazed through a Worcester high rise on Laurel Street Thursday morning, forcing dozens of families to evacuate.

Firefighters responded to a fire that started in an electrical room on the second floor at around 4 a.m., Boston 25 News reported. Photos shared on social media show firefighters entering 16 Laurel St., where the Plumley Village apartments are located.

The fire was quickly knocked down, but the building was left without power or heating. A fire chief on scene told Boston 25 News it would take a few days before electricity is fully restored. No one was reported to be injured.

Resident Lillian Clark told the news station she and her family fled down 14 flights of stairs in the 16-story building.

“I was sleeping then I heard banging on the door,” Clark said. “At first I ignored it, but then like they kept banging and then I jumped up and I ran to the door. Once I ran to the door, I started smelling all the smoke so I went, I got them up and grabbed the kids and we started just running down the stairs.”

Worcester fire, police and emergency management all worked with families to determine where they go before being allowed back into the building.

An investigation into what caused the fire is underway, the fire chief told Boston 25 News.

In December 2006, families living at Plumley Village were displaced by a fire that damaged the electrical system and stayed at a local Marriott hotel, according to the Telegram and Gazette.

Fire officials were unavailable for requests for comment Thursday morning.

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