Victim of Charlottesville Fire Dies

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

March 20, 2007

“I never saw him with out a smile on his face, he was an avid Virginia Tech fan,” said Kylie Alderson, a friend of Brett Quarterman.

Kylie remembers the first time she and her husband met Brett Quarterman and his girlfriend Ashley Mauter.

“Wonderful, wonderful guy, loved Ashley more than anything, just one of the sweetest, most laid back people you'd ever meet, Brett was,” said Alderson.

Late Tuesday morning doctors took Brett off life support. He suffered severe brain damaged from lack of oxygen. When rescuers found Brett and Ashley in this house, both were unconscious.

This is the first fire fatality since February 1997.

“This is a tragic end to a very good record of zero civilian fire deaths for ten years,” Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner.

The investigation to what caused the fire continues. Right now, investigators are trying to rule out any obvious causes. Charlottesville Fire Chief said hopefully this will be a wake up call.

“For us what it means more importantly is to learn from this experience and find out what more we can do to help prevent such situations. And so for the next year we will be pressing for even more aggressively with smoke detector installs in the city of Charlottesville,” said Werner.

We're told Brett was originally from Blacksburg, Virginia, where he went to high school and Virginia Tech. He most recently lived in Crozet.

Ashley Mauter who was found in the room with Quarterman remains at UVa Medical Center in fair condition. Mark Allen the person who lives in the house has been released from the hospital.

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