SALEM, N.H. — There was no sprinkler system in the apartment building that burned Saturday, killing one person and leaving dozens without homes, fire officials said.

Officials and relatives of the victim have identified him as Eric Fraser. No other information about him was immediately available.

The Salem Crossing complex at 99 Cluff Crossing Road was equipped with heat detectors and smoke alarms, which alerted firefighters to the blaze, officials said Monday morning.

But the 50-year-old building did not have a sprinkler system, which is not required for buildings constructed prior to 1990, said Salem Fire Marshall Jeffrey Emanuelson.

"Could (a sprinkler system) have had an effect on the fire? Absolutely," Emanuelson said. 

The Cluff Crossing Road apartment complex passed inspection in July 2017, according to inspection records. 

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, which killed Fraser and left dozens without homes. 

The fire broke out late Saturday night in Fraser's second-floor unit of the apartment complex, officials said. The door to the apartment was left open, causing the fire to spread and smoke to fill the stairway, Emanuelson said.

Several residents were trapped on the building's third floor. Six people were rescued and taken to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, where the male victim died. 

Salem fire officials have completed their initial examination of the scene, but are still interviewing witnesses, Emanuelson said Monday. The state fire marshall is also investigating the blaze.

Watch for new information in this developing story. A complete report will appear in Tuesday's print edition of The Eagle-Tribune and online st

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