A funeral service is held for Marist student Eva Block Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, in Fairfield, Connecticut. / Karl Rabe/The Poughkeepsie Journal
NEW ROCHELLE — When Michele Sampson learned of the fire in Poughkeepsie that claimed the lives of three Marist College students Saturday, she thought, “That’s my worst nightmare.”
Sampson runs the office of Off-Campus Housing at Iona College, in New Rochelle. Shortly after arriving at work Monday morning, she took to her Twitter account, mentioned the Marist fire and then typed, “FREE smoke detector batteries are always available at Off-Campus Housing.”
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze that killed Eva Block, Kevin Johnson and Kerry Fitzsimmons.
Town of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Thomas Mauro told the Poughkeepsie Journal, “It appears the fire started at the rear portion of the home and tragically spread very rapidly from there, trapping the three victims in the structure.”