4 children, mom killed in MA blaze

An early-morning blaze at a home in a rural northwestern MA town claimed the lives of one adult and four children, the State Fire Marshal's office said Saturday afternoon.

A 911 call was made around 12:45 a.m., and when Warwick fire crews arrived at the scene, they said an adult and child were running down the driveway away from the home.

Two family members were able to escape the fire, said Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman for the state fire marshal.

Investigators are working to determine what sparked the blaze.

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said the names and ages of the victims would be released after formal identification by the state fire marshal and notification of next of kin.

At a news conference Saturday afternoon, town officials said the bodies of a mother and four children were located inside the destroyed home. The fire started in the kitchen of 405 Richmond Rd., then it engulfed the one family home.

State Police, the State Fire Marshall's Office, and the Warwick Fire and Police Departments, are all investigating this situation. At least 16 area fire departments helped battle the early-morning blaze.

Town Coordinator David Young told The Recorder of Greenfield that a mother and four children were missing.

Three of the children who were killed attended public schools in the small Franklin County community.

  • Joanne Flowers