Investigators point to smoking as possible cause of fatal Easton fire

Posted Jan. 30, 2013, at 4:26 p.m.
Brothers Mark and Paul Beaton, both believed to be in their 50s, died early Tuesday morning in a fire at this home on the Richardson Road in Easton, according to Easton Fire Chief Kim White. White said eight other people in the home at the time managed to escape.
Courtesy of Kim White, Easton Fire Department
Brothers Mark and Paul Beaton, both believed to be in their 50s, died early Tuesday morning in a fire at this home on the Richardson Road in Easton, according to Easton Fire Chief Kim White. White said eight other people in the home at the time managed to escape.

EASTON, Maine — The state fire marshal’s office indicated Wednesday afternoon that smoking could not be ruled out as the cause of a fatal fire that killed two brothers in Easton on Tuesday.

At the same time, what exactly started the blaze that gutted the home on Richardson Road and killed Paul Beaton, 56, and Mark Beaton, 57, could not be conclusively determined, said Stephen McCausland, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Both men died of smoke inhalation, he reported.

Fire investigators say the fire started in the living room near the couch at around 5 a.m.

Eight other people were in the home at the time of the fire, according to Easton Fire Chief Kim White. Mark Beaton owned the home.

People in the home had been drinking alcohol for several hours and most were also smoking, McCausland said. The last of the group had gone to bed about an hour before the fire was discovered. The eight who escaped the fire had gotten out safely by the time firefighters arrived.

There were no smoke detectors in the house.

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