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Press Release  Smoking Fire Claimed Abington Man on Christmas Eve

Smoking Fire Claimed Abington Man on Christmas Eve
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Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer

STOWState Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz, and Abington Fire Chief John M. Nuttall said improper use of smoking materials caused the Christmas Eve fire that took the life of 71-year old Stanly Simon. The 2:30 p.m. fire occurred at the Chestnut Glen Senior Housing complex at 585 Chestnut Street. Four seniors were transported to the local hospital for exposure to smoke. Forty-seven residents were temporarily evacuated into an adjacent building during the incident.

Investigators determined the fire started in an upholstered recliner in his den ignited by the improper disposal of smoking materials. Mr. Simon smoked mini-cigars which are not required to be Fire Standard Compliant as cigarettes are. The building has fire sprinklers in the common hallways, but not inside the individual apartments.

Chief Nuttall said, “On behalf of the Town of Abington and the men and women of the fire department, I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Simon. It is always sad to lose a loved one, but often harder during the winter holidays.”

Members of the Abington Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to both the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the Office of the Plymouth District Attorney investigated this fire. Assistance was received from the Code Compliance and Enforcement Unit of the Department of Fire Services.


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