Jan 19, 2015 6:55 PM

Update: Victim of Nashua fire identified as 75-year-old William Holland


NASHUA - Officials have identified the victim of a Monday morning fire as 75-year-old William Holland.

They believe Holland was trying to light a cigarette on his gas stove when his clothes caught fire.

He died from inhaling flames and super-heated gases. His manner of death was ruled accidental by the state Medical Examiner's office.

Crews were called to the home at 19 Waltham Drive just before 2 a.m. after receiving a report from a life alert alarm.

Arriving firefighters spotted smoke coming from the residence and then discovered flames in the rear kitchen.

Firefighters found Holland in the kitchen. A non-ambulatory female was found in a rear bedroom. She was treated for smoke inhalation and taken to the hospital.

Neighbors say they only heard that the female victim was taken to the hospital but has since been released.

"I heard she's doing alright now. I can't believe something on the stove caused this much destruction." said Edmund Briand who has lived in the neighborhood for thirty years.

The investigation on the fire continues.


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