Maynard Fire Ignited by Gas Heater
Deputy State Fire Marshal Maribel Fournier and Maynard Fire Chief Anthony Stowers said this morning’s fire at 34 Sudbury Street in Maynard started when combustibles too close to a gas stove heater ignited.
The unit was an older model combination stove and heater. The stove heater was turned on yesterday, despite the heat, when utility workers had to relight the pilot after changing out gas meters at the 4-unit apartment building.
The building had hard-wired smoke alarms in the common hallways but residents reported that they did not sound the alarm. The fire department is conducting a code compliance review of the matter. A young boy alerted his mother to the fire and they were able to alert other tenants on their way out of the building. There were no injuries to residents and one firefighter suffered minor injuries. Damage is estimated at $150,000.
The fire was jointly investigated by the Maynard Fire and Police Departments, the District 14 Regional Fire Investigation Team, and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.