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Massachusetts woman, 41, dies after electrical fire

Posted On Fri, March 18, 2011

Faculty members are in mourning after a two-alarm house fire killed a Brockton, Massachusetts school food service worker Thursday.

According to officials, 41-year-old Darlene Blanchard died from her injuries at Brockton Hospital, which emergency crews transported her to after firefighters found her lying unconscious in the second-floor bathroom of her home.

Officials say they believed the fire originated from a faulty electrical cable located behind Blanchard's stove.

According to Jocelyn Meek, spokeswoman for Brockton Public Schools, Blanchard was reliable and highly thought of around the school.

"She was one of the first people at the school every day," Meek told the Boston Herald. "She was one of those people you went to when you needed a lift."

Home insurance claims are often filed as a result of houses catching fire due to faulty electrical equipment. Speaking to the Boston Globe, the state fire marshal's office says five fires in Massachusetts this year were due to faulty wiring.

The Brockton blaze occurred in the kitchen, and according to the Emergency Preparedness Innovations Corporation, that's the room where fires tend to start most frequently in residences. 

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