UPDATE: Building owner speaks, new details emerge after deadly fire at apartment complex
MANCHESTER - The fire at 198 Wilson St. in Manchester remains under investigation Tuesday, and the building’s new owner said he’s working with investigators as they continue to search for a cause.
The sights on Wilson Street have taken on new meaning. Monday, it was a place of tragedy as fire tore through the apartment building. Tuesday, it became a place for mourning as the investigation continues.
“It’s still early in the investigation, and right now were conducting interviews and processing the scene,” said Manchester Fire Marshal Peter Lennon.
Members from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined in on the investigation Monday night.
“Big thing is getting interviews and talking to people that were in the building,” Lennon said.
The apartment building was recently brought up to code and sold on April 21 of this year.
The new owner is Rafael Lora of RM Real Estate.
Lora released a statement saying, “We are so sorry what happened, and we regret the way this family passed away. Our condolences to their families.”
Lora assured the building was up to code and that he would be working with investigators to help in any way he could. He mentioned it was the first building RM Real Estate ever owned.
“They are going to be missed,” said Jamie Wintle, a volunteer at the ROCA Kidz Club, an after school program the two children killed regularly attended. “They were great kids.”
A memorial was created across the street from the building to remember the four victims.
A YouCaring page has been set up by the staff at ROCA. The funds collected are for all families that lost in this fire.
“These kids see a lot of stuff and we pray for them,” Wintle said.