For Immediate Release - April 04, 2014

Smoking Cause of Waltham Fatal Fire

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Waltham Fire Chief Paul J. Ciccone said the cause of the early morning fatal fire at 240 Crescent Street, aka 3 Brown Street, in Waltham was the improper disposal of smoking materials. The Middlesex District Attorney’s office will release the victim’s identify when the Medical Examiners’ Office has made a formal identification. However, the victim is believed be a man in his 50s who lived in the room where the fire occurred. The building contained 12 single room occupancies with shared bathrooms on three floors. The fire occurred in unit #5.

The smoke alarm in the victim’s room had been dismantled, but the hard-wired smoke alarms in the common hallways operated, most likely preventing additional casualties.

The fire was jointly investigated by the Waltham Fire Department, Waltham Police Department, State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s Office. Assistance was received from the Code Compliance Unit in the Department of Fire Services’ Division of Fire Safety.