By Staff

LOWELL (CBS) — One man is dead and another is facing charges after a fire in Lowell on Thursday. Eugene Newton, 42, is accused of pouring vodka on a fire, causing the flames to “significantly accelerate and to engulf the victim,” Lowell Police and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a joint statement.

It happened around 3:15 p.m. on Pevey Street.

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“As the fire raged out of control the defendant made no attempt to seek help or to summon emergency responders,” said the statement.

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The man was rushed to Lowell General Hospital and a medical rescue helicopter was called, but he died before it arrived. His name hasn’t been released.

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Newton was arraigned Friday on one charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury. He is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for April 23. Staff