Bouquet of roses left at site of fatal fire in Skowhegan

SKOWHEGAN — Authorities are continuing to investigate a Friday morning fire that took the life of a Skowhegan man inside his own apartment.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Douglas Barrett, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire at 33 Milburn St. in Skowhegan. Crews from as far away as Waterville and Hartland were dispatched to the blaze around 1:40 a.m. Friday.

Someone placed a bunch of roses on a car inside the yellow police tape on Milburn Street in Skowhegan, where Douglas Barrett, 48, died in a fire Friday morning.

Someone placed a bunch of roses on a car inside the yellow police tape on Milburn Street in Skowhegan, where Douglas Barrett, 48, died in a fire Friday morning. Staff photo by Doug Harlow

Barrett’s body was found in the kitchen of one unit in the duplex.

Barrett’s apartment was destroyed in the fire, and there was smoke and water damage to the second apartment in the building. No one else was injured in the fire. Barrett lived in the apartment with a longtime girlfriend, who investigators said was staying elsewhere Thursday night.

Meanwhile, someone visited the fire scene and placed a bunch of red roses on a car that was still parked inside the yellow police tape that cordoned off the area. No one was around the home this week to answer questions on how the flowers got there or who may have brought them.

State fire marshal’s office representatives asked state police detectives to assist them in the investigation, but the fire is not considered suspicious.

“Fire marshals have more interviews and investigation to do before they near a conclusion,” McCausland said in an email Tuesday morning.

Barrett’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy. Autopsy results were not available Tuesday.

Sgt. Joel Davis, of the state fire marshal’s office, said Friday morning at the scene that investigators had yet to determine how the fire started, but that one side of the duplex was a total loss, while the other side had not been burned as badly.

State fire marshal’s investigators were joined by members of the state police major crimes unit and the evidence response team, as well as local police and firefighters, to investigate the fire and Barrett’s death. The state police Major Crimes Unit is responsible for major investigations including homicides, suspicious deaths and child abuse cases.

Heather Dozier, who lives just down the street at 48 Milburn, said Friday that she knew the man who died in the fire as someone who was a nice guy but kept to himself.

“I knew him fairly well. He was a good guy,” Dozier said. “I’d always see him driving up and down the street. He’s talked to me before about how he’s a landlord and all the work that is involved with it. To me, he kind of kept to himself. He’d say ‘hi.’ He seemed like a decent guy.

Bouquet of roses left at site of fatal fire in Skowhegan

SKOWHEGAN — Authorities are continuing to investigate a Friday morning fire that took the life of a Skowhegan man inside his own apartment.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Douglas Barrett, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire at 33 Milburn St. in Skowhegan. Crews from as far away as Waterville and Hartland were dispatched to the blaze around 1:40 a.m. Friday.

Someone placed a bunch of roses on a car inside the yellow police tape on Milburn Street in Skowhegan, where Douglas Barrett, 48, died in a fire Friday morning.

Someone placed a bunch of roses on a car inside the yellow police tape on Milburn Street in Skowhegan, where Douglas Barrett, 48, died in a fire Friday morning. Staff photo by Doug Harlow

Barrett’s body was found in the kitchen of one unit in the duplex.

Barrett’s apartment was destroyed in the fire, and there was smoke and water damage to the second apartment in the building. No one else was injured in the fire. Barrett lived in the apartment with a longtime girlfriend, who investigators said was staying elsewhere Thursday night.

Meanwhile, someone visited the fire scene and placed a bunch of red roses on a car that was still parked inside the yellow police tape that cordoned off the area. No one was around the home this week to answer questions on how the flowers got there or who may have brought them.

State fire marshal’s office representatives asked state police detectives to assist them in the investigation, but the fire is not considered suspicious.

“Fire marshals have more interviews and investigation to do before they near a conclusion,” McCausland said in an email Tuesday morning.

Barrett’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy. Autopsy results were not available Tuesday.

Sgt. Joel Davis, of the state fire marshal’s office, said Friday morning at the scene that investigators had yet to determine how the fire started, but that one side of the duplex was a total loss, while the other side had not been burned as badly.

State fire marshal’s investigators were joined by members of the state police major crimes unit and the evidence response team, as well as local police and firefighters, to investigate the fire and Barrett’s death. The state police Major Crimes Unit is responsible for major investigations including homicides, suspicious deaths and child abuse cases.

Heather Dozier, who lives just down the street at 48 Milburn, said Friday that she knew the man who died in the fire as someone who was a nice guy but kept to himself.

“I knew him fairly well. He was a good guy,” Dozier said. “I’d always see him driving up and down the street. He’s talked to me before about how he’s a landlord and all the work that is involved with it. To me, he kind of kept to himself. He’d say ‘hi.’ He seemed like a decent guy.

“It’s just kind of sad.”

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

Twitter:@Doug_Harlow

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Elsa Hosk celebrates birthday with bouquet of roses

She is normally seen strutting along the catwalk in a diamond encrusted bikini;

But for her 29th birthday on Tuesday, Elsa Hosk chose stylish collared jeans and a black sleeved top when she stepped out in New York.

The 5ft9in Victoria’s Secret Angel looked angelic as she clutched a huge bunch of red roses which matched perfectly with her red leather handbag and shoes. 

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Stepping out: Elsa Hosk strutted along the streets of New York City on Tuesday in stylish jeans and a sleeved black top as she celebrated her 29th birthday

The blonde beauty confidently flaunted her toned physique along the streets of the Big Apple.

The Swedish born star pouted and smiled as she waltzed through the city streets with her silky blonde tresses flowing in the breeze.

The top model wore minimal make-up with just a touch of pink lipstick to accentuate her bee stung lips. 

Her stylish black top had a hint of lace detail which showed off her golden tan.  

VS Angel: Elsa carried her birthday flowers while stroking her blonde locks

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The angels: Elsa Hosk with Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel, Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge (from left to right) at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London 

The blonde bombshell was brought up in Sweden before travelling to the States to model.

The Swedish fashion model was chosen to be a Victoria Secrets model in 2011 and has been promoting the brand along with her fellow angels ever since. 

Before gracing the global catwalks Elsa was a professional basketball player in her home country, Sweden.  

While basketball is not as popular in Sweden as it is in the U.S., she admitted to  back in 2011 that her schedule was grueling, and didn’t leave much time for anything else. 

‘It’s not anything like the WNBA, I mean basketball is not that big in Sweden, but it was still very tough,’ she told the site.

‘We worked out probably like eight times a week, and then it was games on the weekend.’

Today the star has 3.9 million followers on Instagram and is often seen posing in various fashion shoots and taking striking selfies.

Toned Torso: Elsa proudly showing off her famous figure in unbuttoned white trousers