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Man Killed in Pineapple Inn Fire Identified

The man who was killed in an early morning fire on Sunday was identified as 55-year-old Steve Francis.

Police have identified the man who was killed on Coddington Highway early Sunday morning as 55-year-old Steve Francis, a former Westerly resident.

Francis had been staying at the motel for the last few months, police officials said.

The fire broke out at 12:11 a.m. Sunday.

According to a release from the Newport Police Department, Room 115, which Francis had been staying in, was fully engulfed in flames when police arrived.

Motel guests “made heroic attempts” to rescue Francis from the room, reports said. At one point, bystanders were able to reach him through the bathroom window, but were not able to pull him out.

Efforts to enter through the door and rescue Francis were unsuccessful due to heavy fire and smoke.

The cause of death remains under investigation by the State Medical Examiner's Office and Newport Police.

The cause of the fire is also still under investigation.  

MEVM August 20, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Very sad -- #1 that this was his "home"-- #2 Prayers and thoughts to his family and friends...
portsmouthgirl63 August 20, 2012 at 02:20 PM
In this economy many people (including families) must resort to this kind of living....While they are spending as much as they would on a "regular" apartment monthly...there are usually not the first, last & security deposits required... I have a extended family memeber staying there and their room was destroyed as well, but thankfully they made it out alive. Condonlences to the family of this man.

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