1 Dead in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Fire

The 2-alarm fire happened on Mattfield Street

Ben Paulin/Brockton Enterprise

State authorities confirm one person died in a fire in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, early Monday morning.

The 2-alarm fire broke out at 264 Mattfield Street around 5:09 a.m.

The victim has been identified as Robert Murphy, age 54, who resided in the first floor apartment of the two-family home. 

The family living on the second floor told investigators they attempted to alert Murphy to the fire before they escaped. 

Murphy's body was transported to the Medical Examiner's office where an official cause of death will be determined.

A state Fire Marshal investigator is still at the scene but has determined the fire is not considered suspicious and no foul play is suspected.

The fire gutted the two-family home.

The State Fire Marshal's office determined the origin of the fire to be in the kitchen of the first floor apartment. 

The cause was ruled accidental. 

Due to the extent of damage, it is unclear what activity or appliance started the fire. 

The fire was investigated by State Police assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office, the West Bridgewater Police Department, and the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal's Office. 

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