Frank Fixaris died this morning when his house caught on fire, apparently due to him falling asleep with a cigarette on the couch.
Frank Fixaris

Fixaris, who was seriously injured in a fire more than 45 years ago, served from 1967 to 1992 as sports director on WGME-TV, Portland, and was currently co-hosting “The Morning Jab with Shoe, Fix and Joe,” a popular sports talk show on WJAB radio in Westbrook.

I listen to their show almost every morning on my way to work. Frank Fixaris was heavily involved in promoting local high school sports, and could come up with almost any statistic on the spot from local teams up to the pros.

His brother died 45 years ago when the camp they were in caught on fire and Fixaris managed to crawl out.