• Firefighters lost in cold storage warehouse fire remembered


    Six of Worcester's bravest who lost their lives in the cold storage fire thirteen years ago were remembered Monday.

    While there was no formal ceremony, observers went to the Franklin Street fire station, laid flowers and paid their respects to the Worcester 6.

    On Dec. 3, 1999, Paul Brotherton, Timothy Jackson, Jeremiah Lucey, James "Jay" Lyons III, Joseph McGuirk and Lt. Thomas Spencer died in the massive building while searching for two people.

    Those two people, Thomas Levesque and Julie Ann Barnes, reportedly set the blaze after knocking over a candle during an argument. They escaped the building immediately and did not report the fire.

    Two of the firefighters, believing the two to be in the building, rushed in trying to find them. The other four men went in after.

    The fire quickly spread in the maze-like building and the men did not make it out.

    The fire burned for six days and it was another few still before the bodies of all the men were found.

    They left behind six wives and 17 children.

    The Worcester Fire Department holds public ceremonies honoring the Worcester 6 every 5 years. The last ceremony was in 2009.

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