For Immediate Release - May 02, 2014

Weston Fatal Fire Electrical

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Weston Fire Chief David B. Soar said the cause of the fatal fire at 690 Wellesley Road in Weston early this morning was failure of a heavy duty extension cord. The fire occurred in a garage on the property that had an apartment attached at the rear where the victim was found. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office will release the name of the victim once notification has been made to next of kin. However, the victim is believed to be a 69-year old man, a retired Weston call firefighter, who lived there.

The cause of the fire was resistive heating in an extension cord that powered a trickle heater used on a truck in the yard. The extension cord ran under several pieces of heavy equipment inside the garage. Damage is estimated at $150,000. Responding firefighters found no evidence of working smoke alarms in the apartment.

The fire was investigated by the Weston Fire and Police Departments, the Central Middlesex Fire Investigation Team, State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the Office of the Middlesex District Attorney.

May is National Electrical Safety Month. Electrical fires continue to be one of the leading causes of residential structural fire deaths in Massachusetts. In 2013, five people died in electrical home fires in Massachusetts; it was the number two cause of fire deaths behind smoking.