- Department of Fire Services
Media Contact for Smoking Cause of Stoughton Fatal Fire
Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer
STOUGHTON — Stoughton Fire Chief Michael Laracy Sr. and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey announced the cause of the May 22, 2021 fatal fire at 69 Grove Street in Stoughton was the improper use or disposal of smoking materials. Firefighters rescued an elderly woman from the second floor who later succumbed to her injuries at a local hospital. The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office has identified the victim as Genevieve Faria, age 93, who lived on the second floor.
The Victorian home had been converted into multiple living units. The early morning fire began in a bedside trash bin of a second floor apartment where smoking had taken place earlier.
The fire was jointly investigated by the Stoughton Fire and Police Departments, and State Police assigned to both the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the Office of the Norfolk District Attorney.
Six residents escaped and are displaced. Some smoke alarms sounded and alerted residents. Some smoke alarms were not operable and did not function, including the one in the victim’s room.
Chief Laracy said, “It is always terribly sad when we lose one of our residents in a fire and on behalf of Town of Stoughton, I offer heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Faria.”
State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Smoking is the confirmed or suspected cause of four of the five fatal fires in the month of May. I cannot stress how important it is to be a responsible smoker. It is a matter of life and death.” Fire officials recommend using a deep ashtray, or container for butts like a can with sand or water. Don’t stub cigarettes out on the railing or steps and don’t toss butts into dried mulch, leave, or potted plants.” For more information on being a safer smoker, visit: www.mass.gov/smokingfiresafety.