Improper disposal of smoking materials caused Greenfield deadly fire

The fire started in the first floor bedroom of the single family home

GREENFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – The State Fire Marshal’s office has determined the cause of a fire that killed four people in Greenfield last month.

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said the fire was caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials at 140 Meridian Street on September 25th. Brian Tower, 48, Florenda Tower, 49, her son, Raymond Wood, 28, and his son, William Paul Clark, 5, were killed in the fire.

The fire started in the first floor bedroom of the single family home. The residents in the second floor bedroom were trapped by the fire. Fire investigators also determined there were no working smoke alarms in the home. Investigators have also ruled out all other possible causes.

State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “This fire that took four lives was a terrible tragedy. Last winter we lost 31 people to fire and over half of them also had no working smoke alarms. I urge everyone as you get your home ready for winter, protect your family and make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level.”

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