St. Stephen man dead after house fire

An abandoned lot is all that is left after a fire at an abandoned residence on Milltown Boulevard in St. Stephen on May 21 claimed the life of a 42-year-old man.

ST. STEPHEN – A 42-year-old St. Stephen man is dead following a house fire on Milltown Boulevard on May 21.

St. Stephen Fire Chief Sean Morton said crews responded to a call at about 7:30 a.m. at an abandoned residence. The Calais fire department assisted on the call, which took crews about an hour and a half to extinguish.

Upon entering the structure after the fire, Morton said officials found “someone had passed away in the fire.”

St. Stephen RCMP Cpl. Kevin Dupuis said in an email RCMP officers and Ambulance New Brunswick also attended the call.

“After the fire was extinguished, the remains of a 42-year-old man were discovered inside the residence.”

Dupuis said the provincial fire marshal was called in and the cause of the fire is under investigation however it’s not believed to be suspicious.

The cause of death has not been determined but is not believed to be suspicious.

In separate comments, Dupuis said they suspect the fire may have been electrical or accidental but the fire marshal’s investigation is ongoing.

“That’s what we’re thinking but we don’t have the autopsy report yet,” he said, with respect to smoke inhalation being the possible cause of death.

robertfisher@stcroixcourier.ca