FRAMINGHAM – Authorities said a Framingham man died Tuesday in an early morning accidental kitchen fire at his Clark Street apartment.
Authorities identified Harold Anderson Jr., 29, as the man who died in the 2:45 a.m. fire at 15 Clark St.
Anderson was the sole occupant of the first floor apartment. No one else was injured. The fire caused approximately $60,000 worth of property damage, the state Fire Marshal’s office said in a release.
“The fire started in the kitchen on or near the stove,” according to the Fire Marshal’s office. “The cause of the fire will remain undetermined but is considered accidental. Whether there was a cooking accident, a malfunction of the stove or an electrical malfunction cannot be determined due to the damage. There is nothing to suggest an intentionally-set fire.”
The Fire Department responded to 15 Clark St. after a resident called and reported a fire, Fire Chief Michael Dutcher said. The one-alarm fire took about 15 minutes to knock down, but one of the residents died.
“Other occupants were able to make it out safely,” Dutcher said.
The fire started on the first floor of the two-and-a-half story home, Dutcher said. The city’s assessor’s database lists the home as a two-family home. The property was built in 1905 and was most recently assessed at $387,300, according to city property records.
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