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Narragansett fisherman perishes in house fire

March 30, 2011

Photo By Matt Wunsch

Narragansett resident David W. Jordan died on Monday during a fire at his house at 45 Durkin Drive. The outside of the home, above, showed little damage on Monday afternoon.

NARRAGANSETT–A Narragansett man died Monday morning after a fire engulfed the inside of his home at 45 Durkin Drive. David W. Jordan, a 57 year-old lobsterman, was said to be trapped inside of his one floor ranch home.
Narragansett Fire Chief Jim Cotter said that a relative called Jordan’s house but received no answer. The relative then went to Jordan’s home and after seeing flames, called 911.

Upon entering the home, Police Sgt. Brian Routhier was halted by thick smoke. When fire officials arrived they noted that the fire alarm was sounding, yet Jordan did not respond. No damage was visible to the exterior of the house.

Narragansett Engine 2 arrived shortly thereafter and found Jordan lying unconscious in his bedroom. CPR was administered on-site and then Jordan was transported to the South County Hospital emergency room. He was later pronounced dead.

Jordan, a Narragansett lobsterman, had multiple sclerosis and neighbors said that he frequently used a walker.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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