Alarms, firework report investigated in deadly Lowell fire

7 people were killed in Thursday morning fire

Firefighters work on the top floor inside a burned three-story apartment and business building in Lowell, Mass., Thursday, July 10, 2014, where officials said seven people died in a fast-moving pre-dawn fire.  A police officer on routine patrol was the first to report the fire just before 4 a.m., while several tenants ran about 100 yards down the street to the nearest fire station to sound the alarm, Fire Chief Edward Pitta said. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Firefighters work on the top floor inside a burned three-story apartment and business building in Lowell, Mass., Thursday, July 10, 2014, where officials said seven people died in a fast-moving pre-dawn fire. A police officer on routine patrol was the first to report the fire just before 4 a.m., while several tenants ran about 100 yards down the street to the nearest fire station to sound the alarm, Fire Chief Edward Pitta said. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Investigators in Massachusetts are looking into whether an alarm system was working in the apartment building where a fast-moving fire killed four adults and three children. They’re also looking into reports that sounds of fireworks or an explosion preceded the flames.

Thearan Sak says his brother, Torn Sak, and Torn’s longtime companion, Ellen Vuong, died in Thursday’s pre-dawn fire, along with three of the couple’s children, a 7-year-old girl, a 9-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy.

Sak says his brother enjoyed fireworks and stored some in his Lowell apartment.

Authorities haven’t confirmed the identities of the victims.

A Cambodian community group and local Buddhist monks led a vigil near the burned building Thursday evening. Lowell has one of the nation’s largest populations of Cambodian descent, including several of the victims.

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