“He was a good neighbor,” Bill Harrison said. “He always spoke to me, and I spoke to him. If his lawn mower wouldn’t start, I would lend him mine and he’d do the same.”
They would also lend each other tools and building materials, he said.
“He was the ideal neighbor,” Catherine Harrison said. “He was a nice guy, who minded his own business. He was friendly with his neighbors.”
Salem fire received mutual aid from Danvers and Swampscott at the fire scene, while Lynnfield, Nahant and Wenham covered the city’s fire stations.
There was heavy damage to the second floor and smoke and water damage to the first floor, and the home is uninhabitable, Dionne said.
The Red Cross assisted the first-floor resident with money for food and storage containers, a hotel stay, and toiletries, according to Kat Powers, communications director.
The fire remains under investigation by Salem police, Salem fire and the state fire marshal’s office.
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