- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) - Fire marshal investigators say a Maine man was killed when a fire swept through his New Gloucester home.

The state fire marshal’s office says 63-year-old Raymond Howland died from smoke inhalation from a fire that started in the living room. Neighbors reported the blaze at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Investigators said Monday that a battery-operated smoke detector in the house did not work. They believe Howard would’ve survived the fire if the smoke detector had worked.

Howland’s body was found on the front stairways of split-level ranch. His death was the 15th fire fatality of the year.

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