- Department of Fire Services
Media Contact for Franklin Condo Fire Accidental
Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer
Franklin — Franklin Fire Chief James G. McLaughlin and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said the cause of the May 24, 2021 fire at 2 Franklin Crossing is accidental. The fire in the 12-unit condominium building was reported at 2:17 p.m. It spread to two adjacent buildings. All of the residents are displaced, some permanently and some temporarily. One resident was injured trying to fight the fire herself.
The fire originated in the bedroom of a third floor unit. Whether an electrical malfunction or an unattended candle ignited the bedding cannot be definitively determined. There is no evidence suggesting the fire was intentionally set. The fire is considered accidental but undetermined.
“When this building was built, it was not required to have fire sprinklers. But sprinklers would have made a huge difference in the lives of these 36 families who are displaced. Wet things dry out but houses don’t un-burn,” said Chief McLaughlin. He added, “Most fires are contained by a single sprinkler head closest to the fire.”
The Franklin Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire marshal jointly investigated the fire.
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Most people injured in fires are hurt trying to put the fire out themselves. It is important to have an escape plan with two ways out. Close the doors and notify others on your way out, and call 9-1-1 from outside the building.”