- Department of Fire Services
Media Contact for Smoking Cause of Lowell Fatal Fire
Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer
LOWELL — Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward, Lowell Police Superintendent Raymond Kelly Richardson, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said the cause of this morning’s fire behind 16 Middle Street in Lowell was the improper disposal of smoking materials. The fire involved a man sleeping behind the building. The identity will be released by the Office of the Middlesex District Attorney once formal identification by the Medical Examiner and notification of the next of kin has been completed.
A passerby noticed smoke at about 5:30 this morning and called 9-1-1. Firefighters responded quickly and found the man had passed away. Investigators believe the man fell asleep smoking and his blankets and clothing ignited.
The Lowell Fire Department, Lowell Police Department and State Police assigned to both the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the Office of the Middlesex District Attorney jointly investigated the fire.