For Immediate Release - July 02, 2013

Smoking Cause of Haverhill Fatal Fire

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Haverhill Public Safety Director Alan Denaro said the cause of the January 28, 2013 fire at 41 Brickett Hill Circle, Haverhill was the improper use of smoking materials. The fire took the life of 45-year old Elizabeth Morgan who lived in the one-family home.

Coan said, “One of the greatest tragedies of this fire is that there were no working smoke alarms on the upper levels of the home. The one working smoke alarm in the basement alerted the victim’s son and helped him escape. Smoke alarms provide the earliest warning of danger giving people time to get out safely.”

The fire was jointly investigated by members of the Haverhill Fire and Police Departments, State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.