Veteran killed in Fall River fire

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — One person has died after a fire in Fall River, according to the State Fire Marshal’s office.

The fire happened at a two-story home on Palmer Street around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office identified the victim as 88-year old William Graham, who lived on the second floor.

Robin Brouillard, who says she was the victim’s caregiver, refered to him as “Pops.”

“I’ve always thought of him as a dad,” said Brouillard. “My dad died years back… I remember him from my whole childhood, always helping me with my homework. We always stayed in touch.”

Brouillard said Graham was a veteran, but didn’t have specifics on his time in the military.  A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for his burial.

Fire officials tell Eyewitness News, they arrived to heavy smoke coming from the two family home, and that a witness said he saw flames inside the second floor.

Fall River Fire Chief John Lynch was injured after the fire was already put out but is expected to be okay.

“After the fire was out, we did have one of our firefighters come in the building, he was doing an assessment and fell through the floor,” Fall River Fire Captain Neil Furtado said. “There’s heavy damage to the floor joists between the first and second floor.”

Surprisingly, the victim’s cat was later found alive in the second floor unit, hiding under a bed. Fire officials said the cat was given to a family member of the victim.

Members of the Fall River Fire Department and the Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating.

Right now, they are still looking into what caused the fire, however, it does not appear suspicious.

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