19 killed in fires so far this year; Fire marshal says check your smoke detector

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State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey speaks during a news conference on fire deaths at the Lynn Fire Department on March 11, 2016.

LYNN, Mass. (WWLP) – Several deadly fires across the state so far this year have led the state fire marshal to urge residents to ensure they have working smoke detectors. State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey says that in many of the fires- which have killed a total of 19 people- there were not functional smoke detectors in the building.

Speaking at a news conference in Lynn Friday morning, Ostroskey said that people should use this weekend’s transition from standard time to daylight saving time as a reminder to check on your smoke detectors, and replace your batteries.

The past week has been a deadly one for fires. Two young girls, Leena Shea Ciolino and Victoria Rose Gaignard, died this past Saturday when their home on Mechanic Street in Orange caught fire. The cause of that fire is still being determined. On Tuesday in eastern Massachusetts, an 82 year-old man was killed in a fire at his West Newbury home. The smoke alarms in that home were not working, Ostroskey says.

Less than a month ago, a man died in a mobile home fire- also in the town of Orange. Jennifer Mieth, a spokesperson for the state fire marshal’s office, says that there were not working smoke detectors in that home, either.

More Massachusetts residents have died in fires so far this year than in all of 2015.

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