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Fire takes the life of a Youngstown man



Published: Fri, January 18, 2013 @ 12:01 a.m.

Fatal blaze marks 1st in city since November ’11

  Fatal Fire

A man is dead after his West Side house caught fire about 1 p.m. today.
The fire  destroyed the 1 1/2-story structure at 362 Broadview Ave., 
The victim was identified by fire officials as Mike Fergus, 53. He was found dead by firefighters just a few feet away from his front door, O’Neill said. He was connected to an oxygen tank.

A man is dead after his West Side house caught fire about 1 p.m. today. The fire destroyed the 1 1/2-story structure at 362 Broadview Ave., The victim was identified by fire officials as Mike Fergus, 53. He was found dead by firefighters just a few feet away from his front door, O’Neill said. He was connected to an oxygen tank.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A man died near the front door of his West Side house in a fire, possibly caused by his smoking a cigarette near his oxygen tank.

The cause is under investigation, but the fire isn’t considered suspicious, said Capt. Alvin Ware, the department’s chief fire investigator.

The fire started about 1 p.m. Thursday and destroyed the 11/2-story structure at 362 Broadview Ave., said Fire Chief John J. O’Neill Jr.

The victim was identified by fire officials as Mike Fergus, 53.

Fire officials say this is the first fatal fire in the city since Nov. 7, 2011, when a 45-year-old man died in a blaze at a Pine Hollow Drive duplex on the South Side.

Fergus was found dead by firefighters just a few feet away from his front door, O’Neill said. He was connected to an oxygen tank.

“Our crews got to him in a few minutes after the fire, but he didn’t make it,” O’Neill said.

John Fergus, the victim’s brother, was sleeping in the rear of the house when the fire started. He was able to escape out the back of the structure, O’Neill said.

John Fergus told fire investigators that his brother was a smoker and on oxygen for a medical condition.

A cause hasn’t been determined, but one of the possibilities is Mike Fergus was smoking near his oxygen tank, Ware said.

The fire started in a front room where the victim was located, Ware said.

John Fergus woke up when he heard the sound of the smoke detector, but because of the fire and smoke, he wasn’t able to get to his brother.

The body was turned over to the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

An official cause-of-death ruling could take a couple of days to a couple of weeks, Ware said.

The coroner’s office had no comment Thursday.


Comments

1busyman(239 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

sounds like the perfect storm for self destruction. He was COPD, on oxygen and he was smoking. There out to be an IQ test before letting them waste medicares money in taking care of the sick that will not take care of the safety of themselves and family members. I feel bad for the brother who is now out of a home. Common Sense, Common Sense to those who are reading this story and see what the outcome can be.

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2WhatRUAfraidOf(85 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

It's really a shame about Mr. Fergus, but some people just refuse to quit smoking. My father was like that. He had chronic bronchitis, emphysema, AND asthma and smoked himself to death. The doctor wouldn't prescribe oxygen, though my dad would have benefitted, because my dad would not quit smoking (plus he had mid-stage dementia and couldn't understand the consequences of smoking and having oxygen at the same time).

They say that nicotine is more addictive than heroin. From what I saw with my father, I can believe that.

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3rgp2585(68 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Damn shame for the Mike, but another story line is how a smoke detector saved his brother's life.....

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4badbob50(4 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Busybody
you sound like a real creep,I knew Mike and who the hell are you to judge him and assume the taxpayers were picking up the tab for everything.
People like you don,t deserve to exist,I hope Karma comes around for your comments 10 fold and may your luck go bad and stay that way you jerk!!

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