Oct 21, 2015 1:56 PM

Somersworth family left picking up pieces after fire kills woman, burns husband


SOMERSWORTH - A Somersworth woman was pronounced dead on Wednesday after a fire broke out in her home on Indigo Hill Road.

The fire that killed Julie Bregy, 51, is being ruled accidental and a cause has not yet been determined.

This wasn’t the first time a fire has caused irreversible damage at this Somersworth home, friends tell NH1 News.

The couples’s roommate, Bruce Jones, was able to escape the flames.

Robert Bregy, Julie's husband, was transported to a hospital in Boston after being badly burned.

“I didn’t think lightening could strike twice, but I shouldn’t have ever said that because you know what, first it was the garage and now the house,” said Jones.

Back in July, NH1 News met homeowners Julie and Robert as they showed us the damage caused by a lightning strike to their garage.

Potentially, she could have been unable to escape her second-story bedroom Tuesday.

“It started in the living room," Jones said. "The flames came out right where Julie was found."

The State Fire Marshall said the July fire and Tuesday's are separate incidents. The electrical system in the home was checked in July.

Somersworth Fire Chief Keith Hoyle said smoke detectors were reported on the second floor but fresh batteries were not in the unit. Owners can’t recall if detectors were on the first floor or could be heard sounding before the fire.

But now, for them, the focus now turns to remembering Julie.

“She was the most kind, loving, [person]," said Reigan Toof, a close family friend. "She was always there for me. It was a blessing to have her.”

Jones said he wishes he could see Julie one more time, “Give her a big hug and she’d be surrounded by family. She’s been through quite a bit.”

The fire caused about $100,000 worth of damage. It is unlikely the family will be able to return home.


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