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January 31, 2013

Woman, 55, identified as Gloucester fire victim

A 55-year-old Gloucester woman has been identified by the state medical examiner’s office as the person who died in a fire at her home last Saturday on Windsor Lane.

Kim Anderson, who was listed as the owner of the home of 4 Windsor Lane, was confirmed this morning as the victim of the fire that raced through the house on a small street off Western Avenue, just beyond Stage Fort Park.

In a statement issued this morning, Carrie Kimball Monahan, director of comunications for the office of Essex County Distriat Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said that the identification was made through dental records.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation pending completion of the autopsy by the medical examiner’s office. The fire is being jointly investigated by the Gloucester Fire and Police Departments, State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and to the DA’s office.

The two-alarm fire, which struck at around 11 p.m. last Saturday night, marked Gloucester’s fifth significant house fire in 10 days. No firefighters, other emergency personnel or neighbors were injured in the blaze.

Firefighters said at the time the believed that smoke detectors may have been inactive or faulty in the home, since the department received no notice of the fire until a neighbor saw flames billowing from a skylight and windows and called firefighters.

Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith said that, given the level of damage at the home, it was hard to confirm for sure if smoke detectors were installed and operational, but it seemed unlikely.

We will update this story here at gloucestertimes.com as more information becomes available. For more on this story, look to tomorrow’s print and online editions of the Gloucester Daily Times and gloucestertimes.com.

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