The man whose body was recovered from a Millinocket house fire Thursday has been identified.
Frederick Pasquine, 67, died when his 2½-story house burned to the ground, according to a news release issued by Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 20, McCausland said.
His body was found in the rubble Thursday afternoon and was brought to Augusta to be evaluated by the state medical examiner’s office. That examination was expected to take place Friday.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.
The American Red Cross of Maine on Friday urged Millinocket residents to sign up for free home smoke alarm installations. Residents can make appointments by calling 207-874-1192, ext. 113, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.SoundTheAlarm.org/Maine.
Pasquine’s death was the 21st fire-related death in Maine this year, according to the Red Cross.
In addition to installing free smoke alarms, Red Cross teams also check batteries in existing alarms and work with homeowners to create escape plans.