Apr 30, 2015 5:33 PM

Fire marshals identify the cause of a fatal Nashua fire


NASHUA - The cause of a fatal fire that occurred on April 13 in Nashua has been determined.

The older home on Giroaurd Avenue was always a concern for neighbors who previously believed it could have been the cause of the blaze.

The state fire marshal office's investigation found the incident was caused by careless disposal of smoking materials. Authorities said the fire started on the front porch of the multi-family home.

One victim was identified as Maria Barriga-Consoni, of Nashua who died of smoke inhalation. Two people jumped from a second-story window to escape the flames and several others, including children, were injured.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by a friend of the victim to help pay for funeral expenses. An account was also set up for Allison Cote and Ricky Osta, two other tenants affected by the fire. Cote is still searching for her cats who have disappeared since the fire.

State Fire Marshal William Degnan says that almost 1,000 smokers and non-smokers nationwide each year are killed in house fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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