One Response to “Fatal Fire Cause Officially “Undetermined””
October 15th, 2012
....what a fishy answer. "We don't know what it was but we know it definitely wasn't suspicious.' huh???
Investigators have ruled the cause of a fire that killed a Corona del Mar man a month ago as undetermined, Newport Beach Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Kitch said in an interview.
“We won’t pursue it any farther,” he said.
Some lab results remain outstanding, he said, but those results would not help determine the origin of the two-alarm fire that broke out at 2:38 p.m. Sept. 10 in the 600 block of Marguerite Avenue.
Donald Lee, 57, died a day after being pulled from the fire in his home. An Orange County coroner’s spokesman said the cause of death is still under investigation.
Two police officers also were injured in the fire. Witnesses described trying to help extinguish the fire and reach Lee, who was on a second floor and appeared badly burned.
Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said that detectives worked with arson investigators on the case.
“There’s no indication of any criminal activity or signs of foul play,” she said. “We can definitely say that there wasn’t anything suspicious.”