For Immediate Release - February 15, 2017

Boiler Explosion Kills Revere Homeowner

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Revere Fire Chief Christopher Bright announced a boiler explosion early this morning at 785 Revere Beach Parkway in Revere was caused by over pressurization. The explosion killed one man believed to be the homeowner who was in the basement boiler room. Nine other people escaped unharmed and are currently displaced from the 3-unit apartment building.

The explosion was jointly investigated by Revere Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the Office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley. Assistance was received from experts at the state Department of Public Safety’s Engineering Division.

Residential furnaces are required to have permits and inspections when they are first installed but there is no requirement for any ongoing inspections. Ostroskey said, “It is important to properly maintain heating systems by having a licensed professional give them a check-up at the beginning of the heating season.”

For more information on winter heating safety, go to www.mass.gov/keepwarmkeepsafe.