LOWELL, Mass. (WHDH) -
Ten people were hospitalized after a fatal fire in Lowell, however officials at Lowell General Hospital say seven have already been released.
The most severely injured survivor was a fire captain who suffered a broken leg.
“I think he was hit with a piece of slate. My understanding is he’s going to be OK,” Lowell Fire Chief Edward Pitta said.
A Lowell police officer spotted the fire in the early morning hours, he is credited with saving many of the 50 residents who lived in the 8-apartment building.
Some families were forced to jump from their balconies on the second and third floor before firefighters arrived.
Most of the injuries were classified at minor. Many people suffered problems related to smoke inhalation and scrapes from jumping out of the building.
As of 4 p.m. Lowell General Hospital had released all but three of the injured people. Those that remain are listed in good condition and hospital officials say they hope they will be released Thursday night.