Cause of fatal fire under investigation
The cause of a residential fire that claimed the life of an Ellsworth man early last week remains under investigation.
Daniel J. O'Brien, 39, died in the blaze at 244 S. Piety St. in the village, reported to authorities around 4:15 a.m. Jan. 21. The brick two-story older residence serving as a duplex, the upstairs of which was occupied by O'Brien as a renter, was totally destroyed. Two downstairs occupants got out safely.