One person died and two people rescued in an apartment building fire in Groveland on Friday afternoon.

Groveland police were first to arrive at the four-unit apartment building on Manor Drive around 3 p.m., and learned people were trapped in the rear of the building on the second floor, according to Groveland Fire Chief Robert Valentine.

Officers and arriving firefighters successfully rescued two people .

A man was found in a first floor apartment and pronounced dead at the scene. Fire officials told Boston 25 News the victim was 73 years old. It is the first fatal fire in Groveland since 1966.

Firefighters respond to an apartment fire on Manor Drive in Groveland 6/24/22
Firefighters respond to an apartment fire on Manor Drive in Groveland 6/24/22 (Groveland Fire Department)
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Total Loss

Pictures of the fire show serious damage to the top floor of the two-story building. The building is a complete loss, fire officials told Boston 25 News.

Firefighters from West Newbury and Georgetown were first to respond as Groveland's engine was on a medical call. Newburyport, Newbury, Merrimac, Amesbury, Methuen, and Rowley provided mutual aid, and the Andover Fire Department sent its air trailer to the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Groveland Fire Department, Groveland Police Department, the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office, and State Police detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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