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Exact cause of fatal Great Barrington fire undetermined

December 31, 2019 GMT

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — The exact origin of the fire that killed a Massachusetts couple in the bedroom of their apartment earlier this month remains undetermined, but smoking appears to be a possible culprit, investigators say.

Electrical and “all other” ignition sources had been ruled out, “except for the improper disposal of smoking materials,” according to a statement from fire officials, The Berkshire Eagle reported Monday.

The Dec. 9 fire at the Beech Tree Commons complex in Great Barrington killed Michael Romano, 68, and Susan Romano, 67.

Michael Romano died at the scene and Susan Romano died in the hospital the next day.

Officials also said a smoke alarm in the hallway outside their bedroom did not sound, and the alarm was too damaged to determine the reason.