Fire officials identify probable cause in Marlborough fatal fire

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Fire officials identify probable cause in Marlborough fatal fire
The Marlborough Fire Department battled a fatal fire at 66 Nolan Way. (Photo/Courtesy)

MARLBOROUGH – According to the State Fire Marshal’s office, the cause of the fatal fire on May 22 at 66 Nolan Way may be the careless disposal of smoking materials.

The Public Information Officer of the Office of the State Fire Marshal Jake Wark stated that “due to the amount of fire damage to the structure caused by the fire, the official cause may never be determined.  The Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Marlborough Fire Department’s Fire Investigations Unit are leaning towards the careless disposal of smoking materials as the probable cause of the fire.”

Because there was a fatality involved, the Office of the Medial Examiner was involved in the investigation.  

When asked if there was any update on the Medical Examiner’s findings, Wark stated that “it takes at least 90 days for autopsy reports to be released.”

The Marlborough Fire Department and the Office of the State Fire Marshal want to remind everyone that the careless disposal of smoking materials is the leading cause of fatal fires in the Commonwealth. 

“If someone in your house is a smoker, remind them to use deep ashtrays and make sure their cigarettes, cigars and other smoking materials be disposed of properly,” said Wark. 

 

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