I-Team: Man who died in Springvale fire did not have permit to live there
SPRINGVALE (WGME) – After a deadly weekend fire at a home in Springvale, the CBS 13 I-Team discovered the fire victim shouldn't have been living at the house, because he didn't have the required permit.
Fire investigators say 53-year-old Charles Kerrigan lived alone at the home in Springvale, but according to code enforcement records, the house was still under construction and Kerrigan didn't have an occupancy permit.
Inside the building file, the I-Team found a newspaper clipping which reports Kerrigan's mobile home on the same property was destroyed by fire in 2009.
Kerrigan got a permit to remove the fire damaged property, and multiple permits to build sheds, a garage and a new home.
Pictures show the original design he submitted to the city, but Code Enforcement Officer Jamie Cole says the framing for the house was still in rough form at the time of the fire.
Meaning, there was no formal inspection and no occupancy permit was issued to live there.
Cole says the city had no knowledge Kerrigan was living there or they would have told him he wasn't allowed to.
The home and garage were destroyed by fire Sunday.
Kerrigan's body was found in the garage.
Fire investigators say because of the extensive damage, they don't expect to be able to determine a cause.