Assistant Fire Chief Lee Bergeron said at least 25 residents were being treated at hospitals for burns and smoke inhalation.
said the fire appeared to have started in a second-floor corner room, which was filled with smoke when firefighters arrived.He
said a task force of state and local authorities would try to determine the cause of the fire.
Asked about the absence of sprinklers, Bergeron
said, "It definitely would have made a difference" in saving people's lives.
The evacuated residents were taken to a terrace outside and to a hospital directly across the street.