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May 6, 2013

Fire claims life of Salem man

SALEM — A 53-year-old Salem man was found dead on the second floor of 5 Beacon St. by firefighters who attempted to rescue him from a two-alarm blaze early yesterday morning.

Firefighters were called to the home at 3:32 a.m., where Michael Lyness, who owned the home and lived in the second-floor apartment, had “succumbed to his injuries at the fire scene,” according to the Salem Fire Department.

“Upon arrival, fire crews observed heavy fire from the windows on the second floor,” Salem fire Capt. Alan Dionne said.

Dionne said crews were immediately notified that a man was still in the building and entered the second floor under heavy smoke and fire to conduct a search. Lyness was found dead in the room where the fire is believed to have started, he said.

There were no working fire alarms on the second floor of the two-unit home, Dionne said.

A tenant on the first floor escaped the blaze, and there were no other reported injuries, Dionne said. According to fire officials, those were the only two people living in the two-unit home. Lyness bought the house in February 2000, according to city records.

“It was awful,” said next-door neighbor Catherine Harrison, who was awoken early yesterday morning by her granddaughter who heard the commotion from an open window.

“She heard some people screaming. They were running by yelling, ‘Call 911, call 911, there is a fire at 5 Beacon,’” she said. “The people who were yelling tried to get in the house, but it was really bad.”

Harrison said the Fire Department was at the scene immediately.

“They were trying to get him out, but they couldn’t get him,” she said.

Harrison and her husband, Bill, who have lived on the street for about 26 years, said yesterday afternoon that they will miss how friendly Lyness was.

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