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Fire Officials Release name of fire victim from Manchester

For Immediate Release
January 24, 2014
Deputy State Fire Marshal Rob Farley or
Investigator Danielle Cole

Fire Officials Release Name of Fire Victim from Manchester

MANCHESTER, NH - State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, Manchester Fire Chief Jamie Burkush, and Manchester Police Chief David Mara stated today that the investigation into the fatal fire at 169 Joliette Street in Manchester is still ongoing. Investigators from the NH State Fire Marshal's Office, Manchester Fire Department and Manchester Police Department started processing the scene early this morning.

Investigators are concentrating their efforts on the third floor of the structure where the fire was first reported at 12:20 a.m. Occupants in the building awoke to smoke detectors sounding. All occupants on the first and second floor of the five unit apartment building were able to escape from the building. The male victim from the third floor was identified as Charles Sullivan, 31, of Manchester.

Fire Marshal Degnan and Chief Burkush both noted the importance of working smoke detectors in this fire. "The presence of working smoke detectors saved several lives today," Degnan said. "The importance of checking your detectors regularly cannot be overstated." Fire officials also noted that although the building was not required to have residential sprinklers, an additional life would have most likely been saved if they were present.

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