The fire started around 4 a.m. according to the Lowell fire chief. A police officer on patrol saw the flames and ran to help people that were trapped.
"It's a tragic day for the city of Lowell," Mayor Rodney Elliott said.
Close to 60 people lived in the eight apartments in the building. The state fire marshal said that there was no sprinkler system and that fire crews had been called to the building several times in the past. There was a fire alarm system in the building but there was no word if it was working at the time.
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