OXFORD — A man passed away from injuries he sustained in a three-alarm fire Friday.
According to the Worcester District Attorney’s Office, Jesse Lamoureux, 38, was victim to the massive blaze that totally consumed the single-family home located at 45 Leicester Street.
According to the Oxford Fire Department, fire fighters were notified of the blaze shortly before 1 a.m. and required mutual aid from over a dozen area-departments to put the fire out. Within no time, the home was determined a total loss.
All four occupants of the home (including Lamoureux) as well as a police officer were injured in the blaze. Investigators have determined the fire, which began in the living room, was not suspicious in nature, but the cause remains under investigation.
Chief Laurent McDonald said that if the occupants hadn’t been alerted by the fire alarms installed in their home, they may have never made it out alive.
“The extent of the damage has made it difficult to identify an exact cause, but we know for certain that working smoke alarms in the home alerted people inside to the danger,” said Chief McDonald. “Everyone should have working smoke alarms at home. It’s important to test them monthly, replace alkaline batteries twice a year, and replace the unit 10 years after the manufacturing date printed on the back.”
The fire remains under investigation by the Oxford Fire Department, Oxford Police Department, District 7 fire investigators, the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s Office and State Police Detectives assigned to the office of Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.