Former tenant indicted in May blaze that killed four on Gage Street in Worcester




  • In US
  • 2022-09-30 01:19:53Z
  • By Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Candles with hand-written messages served as a memorial to the four victims of the Gage Street fire. The fire scene is shown on May 17, three days after the blaze. The building has since been torn down.
Candles with hand-written messages served as a memorial to the four victims of the Gage Street fire. The fire scene is shown on May 17, three days after the blaze. The building has since been torn down.  

WORCESTER - A 36-year-old woman faces multiple counts of second-degree murder in the four-alarm fire that filled a Gage Street apartment house in May.

Four people died in the May 14 blaze.

On Thursday,  a Worcester County grand jury indicted Yvonne Ngoiri on four counts of second-degree murder, two counts of arson of a dwelling, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.

The indictment was announced Thursday evening by the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Ngoiri was a former resident of the building, at 2 Gage St.

Authorities did not reveal a motive.

The fire, reported about 3:30 a.m., trapped several people in the building. Four people died. They were identified by authorities as: Joseph Garchali, 47; Christopher Lozeau, 53; Vincent Page, 41; and Marcel Fontaine, 29.

The fire damaged an adjacent building, at 5 Eastern Ave.

Ngoiri is expected to be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court on Friday. She was in custody overnight.

The four-alarm fire, about a block from Interstate 290, drew a large contingent of firefighters, with officials trying to account for residents. Twenty-one people were displaced from 2 Gage St.

Two of the victims were found in the hours after the blaze; two others were found days later. The rescue was slowed by the instability of the building. The structure was later razed.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was part of the extensive investigation. The building at 2 Gage St. had been cited for health and safety violations over the years.

Ngoiri has been arrested multiple times in recent years. Charges have included assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (glass bottle), larceny of a motor vehicle and drunken driving.

More: 'You keep going': Worcester woman who fell from third floor of deadly blaze shares story

This article originally appeared on Telegram & Gazette: Former tenant of 2 Gage St in Worcester indicted in blaze that killed 4

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