Victim in Brimfield December 25th fire identified

BRIMFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The Brimfield Fire Department has announced that the victim of the December 25th fire on Hollow Road has been identified.

According to Brimfield Fire Chief Frederick Piechota Jr., the Office of the State Medical Examiner has officially identified James E. Killian as the victim of the December 25th, 2013 fire at 11 Hollow Road in Brimfield.

“Sadly, the home had no working smoke alarms that might have given the man early warning of danger and a chance to escape,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan.

Chief Piechota Jr. said the fire originated in the living room near the couch. The victim was known to be a heavy smoker and there were smoking materials found in the area where the fire started.

However, both the victim and his bedding had come in contact with a portable space heater. Whether that caused the fire or happened after the fire started is unknown, said Chief Piechota Jr.

The official cause of the fire will be accidental, but whether smoking or combustibles too close to the space heater caused the fire cannot be definitively determined.

Chief Piechota said, “I want to express my gratitude to all the responding firefighters who fought this fire under extremely harsh and demanding conditions.”

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