UPDATED: Fatal fire on East Providence's South Blossom Street
(Updated, 11:35 a.m., Jan. 24) EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a house fire mid-morning Thursday, Jan. 24, where it has been confirmed an elderly man has perished in the blaze.East Providence Police Detective Captain Richard Frazier reported a male approximately in his late 60s had died due to injuries suffered in the fire. The State Fire Marshal, EPFD Acting Chief and Fire Marshal Oscar Elmasian as well as the EPPD's Bureau of Criminal Investigations unit remained on scene as of mid-day attempting to determine the cause of the fire, according to Capt. Frazier. Firefighters and detectives reached the scene on South Blossom Street off Warren Avenue at about 10 a.m. Thursday. Police representatives had earlier stated an elderly man was severely injured in the fire, but stopped short of releasing any other details as of about an hour later. Residents of South Blossom Street said their neighbor was an amiable, friendly fellow who often spoke with them and shopped at local establishments on nearby Warren Avenue. During the warmer weather months he could be seen sitting on his front stoop. A smoker, it is not known if the current brutal cold played a role in his death. Thursday's incident, however, is eerily similar to another recent death of an elderly man in city. Clifford Franke, also a smoker, died in a house fire on Dec. 29 of last year during another cold weather snap. Return to eastbayri.com throughout the day for more details.