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 DEADLY FIRE A 61-year-old man died after a building fire broke out at approximately 1:30 a.m. Thursday at 26 Catawba St. in Roxbury, according to authorities. Five people were displaced by the fire, which caused approximately $500,000 in damages, according to a Fire Department tweet. No identity was released. The fire was extinguished around 2 a.m., officials said. Santa Troncoso, 47, who lives next door, said she was sleeping when the fire broke out and woke up when she heard noise outside. “I thought it was some type of fight or something,” she said. Then, her daughter saw flames coming from the second-floor apartment. “She’s like, ‘Mommy, the house is on fire!’” Troncoso quickly escaped with her children. “It was just unbelievable,” she said.

 SUSPECT ARRESTED Boston police gang unit officers traveled to Fall River on Wednesday to nab a suspect who allegedly shot another man in Roxbury on the afternoon of Jan. 9, authorities said. In a statement, police said Terrell Williams, 22, of Roxbury was arrested around 7 p.m. He’s accused of a shooting on Brinton Street in Roxbury, police said. The victim survived. Police also executed a search warrant at a home on Bower Street in Roxbury. “Officers located and seized a 9mm SAR Arms B6 Compact handgun along with numerous rounds of ammunition and assorted large capacity feeding devices,” the statement said. Williams faces a series of charges, including assault with intent to murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, police said.

 TWO KILLED A 23-year-old Los Angeles woman and a 28-year-old Providence man were killed in a multivehicle crash early Thursday in Attleboro, State Police said. The crash occurred on Interstate 95 southbound, south of Exit 3, around 1:25 a.m., the agency said in a statement. Troopers said a 2018 Kia Soul struck the rear of a 2007 Hyundai GST, trapping the backseat passengers. One of them, Maryori Conde, was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, where she was pronounced dead. The driver and sole occupant of the Kia, Sean St. Louis, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he died. “Preliminary reports indicate the Kia Soul was traveling at a high rate of speed in the right travel lane,” the statement said. “The operator lost control and swerved, rear-ending the Hyundai.’’


 WOODSTOVE BLAMED The three-alarm fire that badly damaged a historic Bolton farmhouse and killed a dog was caused by an unattended woodstove, according to the state fire marshal’s office. In a statement, the office said no one was home when the blaze started Tuesday afternoon at Schultz Farm on Sawyer Road. Damages were estimated at $200,000. “The fire started in the living room at the woodstove, which had been left burning unattended,” the statement said. “The woodstove piping and the chimney had not been cleaned recently and there was evidence of accumulated creosote.” In the statement, Bolton Fire Chief Jeffrey M. Legendre lamented the damage to the farmhouse, which the Schultz family says dates back to the late 18th century. “It is sad to lose an old farmhouse like this that is a part of the character of our rural community,” Legendre said. “When heating with wood, it’s important to have chimneys cleaned by a professional at least once a year.’’ Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey added, “Just as you shouldn’t leave cooking or a candle burning unattended, you shouldn’t leave a wood stove burning unattended, either.”