Fatal fire still under investigation

SALEM – A fatal fire at a South Lincoln Avenue residence Friday night remains under investigation, with no criminal activity suspected, a State Fire Marshal’s office spokesman said Monday.

That’s not the case, however, with a fire March 15 at 654 E. Third St. which has been ruled arson, according to Michael Duchesne, Public Information Officer for the State Fire Marshal.

Duchesne said he couldn’t release any details about the fire on East Third Street except that it was caused by arson. He said anyone with information about what happened that night or who may have seen anything should call the State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728.

The State Fire Marshal is working in conjunction with the Salem Fire Department and Salem Police Department on the investigation. The fire on East Third Street gutted a multi-residential home. Firefighters responded to the blaze at 11:39 p.m. March 15 and remained on the scene for several hours, with no one was injured.

Duchesne said they’re awaiting the coroner’s report for the fire which claimed the life of 51-year-old David Andrew Schiller of 861 S. Lincoln Ave. on Friday evening.

When firefighters arrived, a resident was outside and reported there was entrapment on the second floor. An elderly man was found wandering on the first floor and was escorted outside by firefighters.

The victim was found on the second floor and taken to Salem Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, a coroner’s office spokesman said.

Schiller was the son of Royal and Susan Schiller, who also resided in the home and were listed as the homeowners.

Duchesne said he didn’t have any details about the cause of the fire, which remains undetermined at this point.