Seabrook fire leads to 'death investigation'
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin would not confirm whether officials consider the death a homicide.
Strelzin said he expects more information could be available today.
Deputy Fire Chief Koko Perkin said the homeowner, Michael “Monk” O’Neill, saw the fire from across the street and tried to get back into the home before he was pulled away by a DirecTV worker performing an installation in the neighborhood.
Perkins said he didn’t know if the cats made it out of the fire.
A medical examiner was called and could be seen evaluating the interior of the trailer at 50 B St. through the afternoon.
Perkins said mobile homes “trap a lot of heat,” which caused the mobile home to fully ignite within “about seven minutes.” Perkins said there was a high volume of items within the home. That made it “pretty hard negotiating in there.”
He refused to say whether any potential causes have been ruled out or whether foul play was involved.
The home is located in a park of manufactured and mobile homes off Lafayette Road behind Uncle Hilde’s Lumber Outlet and a strip mall containing the Honey Pot Bar and Lounge and Linda’s Breakfast.