- Department of Fire Services
- Peabody Fire Department
Media Contact for Smoking Cause of Peabody Fire
Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer
PEABODY — Peabody Fire Chief Steven Pasdon and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said the cause of yesterday’s fire at 286 Newbury Street, #94A in Peabody was the improper disposal of smoking materials. Fortunately, there were no injuries in this fire.
The fire started at 5:10 p.m. on the exterior of a manufactured home, just below a window. Dozens of cigarette butts were found mixed in dried leaves and vegetation. Winds were very strong yesterday and the National Weather Service had declared it a red flag warning day with the risk of fires spreading quickly. The winds certainly contributed to the rapid spread and growth of the fire. The home is a total loss.
Chief Pasdon said, “This is a very dangerous time of year for outdoor fires. The grass and leaves are dry and the ground has not greened up yet so there is plenty of tinder for fires. These windy days fan any flame quickly into a fire that can spread rapidly. I want to commend the work of the Peabody firefighters who quickly contained the fire because it could easily have affected nearby homes under these conditions.”
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey, “There have been so many fires recently started by smoking that have left dozens homeless, people hospitalized with injuries, and families grieving the loss of cherished pets.” In the last two weeks, smoking has been the cause eight fires including this one and others in New Bedford, Chelsea, Lynn, Douglas, Springfield, Milford and Medway.
Ostroskey added, “Smoke outdoors responsibly. Dispose of smoking materials in a metal can or pail with wet sand. Do not dispose of butts in leaves and vegetation or plastic containers that catch fire easily.”
The fire was jointly investigated by the Peabody Fire Department and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.