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Fireworks stash may have fueled deadly fire in Lowell, Mass.

The fire that swept through a three-story apartment building in Lowell was the deadliest in Massachusetts in 20 years, a fire official said.
By Frances Burns   |   July 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM   |   Comments

LOWELL, Mass., July 11 (UPI) -- A father killed with his wife and three of his children in a fire in Lowell, Mass., posted a Facebook picture last week of what appeared to be a stash of fireworks.

A note with the July 5 photograph said "Sayuri's birthday yesterday." Sayuri Sak, 7, died early Thursday with her parents, Torn Sak and Ellen Vuong, and two brothers, Anthony, 12, and Ryan, 8.

The three-alarm fire killed two other adults living in the building, one of them identified by relatives as Tina Christakos.

State Fire Marshall Stephen Coan said the cause of the fire has not been determined, although it is not believed to have been deliberately set.

The fire swept quickly through the three-story wood-frame building, which had businesses on the ground floor and apartments above. Coan said it took more lives than any fire in the state in 20 years.

Fire department records showed that an alarm went off in the building July 3 because of a child setting off firecrackers.

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