SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

May 7, 2013

Salem fire remains under investigation

By Bethany Bray
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALEM — The Beacon Street fire that claimed the life of a 53-year-old resident Sunday remains under investigation.

The cause of the two-alarm blaze had yet to be determined yesterday. The fire is being investigated by Salem police, Salem fire and the state fire marshal’s office.

Firefighters found Michael Lyness dead on the second floor of 5 Beacon St. after a fire broke out at the residence just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday. A tenant on the first floor escaped the blaze, and there were no other reported injuries.

Officials say there were no working fire alarms on the second floor of the two-unit home. The home, which was owned by Lyness, sustained heavy fire damage on the second floor and smoke and water damage on the first floor.