More than 30 people were displaced from the 20-unit apartment building because of the fire. American Red Cross responded to provide assistance.
“Fire doubles in size every 60 seconds. It is critical to get out and stay out and get the fire department on its way. Time is your enemy in a fire when you may have less than two minutes to escape safely,” Palmer Fire Chief Alan Roy said
The fire was jointly investigated by the Palmer Fire Department, the Palmer Police Department, state police assigned to both the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the Office of Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni.
The Code Compliance Unit in the Department of Fire Services' Division of Fire Safety and State Police Crime Scene Services also provided assistance.
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