The Worcester 6: Remembering firefighters who perished in Cold Storage blaze, 22 years ago

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The six firefighters who perished in the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. building fire on December 3, 1999. Top row, from left: Paul A. Brotherton, Lt. Timothy P. Jackson Sr., Jeremiah M. Lucey. Bottom row, from left: Lt. James F. Lyons III, Joseph T. McGuirk and Lt. Thomas E. Spencer.
The six firefighters who perished in the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. building fire on December 3, 1999. Top row, from left: Paul A. Brotherton, Lt. Timothy P. Jackson Sr., Jeremiah M. Lucey. Bottom row, from left: Lt. James F. Lyons III, Joseph T. McGuirk and Lt. Thomas E. Spencer.

WORCESTER — Friday marks the 22nd anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage & Warehouse fire, one of the darkest days in the history of the city.

Six firefighters perished in the massive blaze at the abandoned warehouse on Franklin Street.

The city continues to honor and remember the firefighters who died that day: Lt. Thomas Spencer, 42, of Worcester and Lt. James Lyons, 34, of Worcester; and firefighters Paul Brotherton, 41, of Auburn; Lt. Timothy Jackson, 51, of Hopedale; Jeremiah Lucey, 38, of Leicester; and Joseph McGuirk, 38, of Worcester.

The city has annually recognized the anniversary with an event at the Franklin Street Fire Station, built at the site of the deadly blaze.

There was no formal ceremony last year due to the pandemic, although many gathered at the site.

A scene from the 2020 memorial ceremony for the six firefighters who died on Dec. 3, 1999. There was no formal ceremony last year.
A scene from the 2020 memorial ceremony for the six firefighters who died on Dec. 3, 1999. There was no formal ceremony last year.

This article originally appeared on Telegram & Gazette: The Worcester 6: Remembering firefighters who perished in Worcester Cold Storage & Warehouse blaze