Farmington fatal fire victim remembered as lover of the outdoors

Sunday News Correspondent
February 25. 2018 1:23AM
Fire and police crews were on scene for hours Wednesday as they investigated the cause of the fire that claimed Arthur "Chip" Cardinal Jr.'s life. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/SUNDAY NEWS Correspondent)

Arthur "Chip" Cardinal Jr.

FARMINGTON - The man who died Wednesday morning in a three-alarm fire is being remembered as a lover of the outdoors.

An autopsy has confirmed the deceased to be Arthur "Chip" Cardinal Jr., 44.

"To take a walk in the woods was a breath of fresh air for him. Chip was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved to share his passion with his nieces and nephews. He would jump at the opportunity to share the wonders of the outdoors with any child. Sept. 15, opening day of archery, was his Christmas," Cardinal's obituary says.

Cardinal was a problem-solver who thrived on creating a solution to challenging problems. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, golfing at Farmington Country Club and making special birthday cakes for family members, the obituary says.

Cardinal was raised in New Durham and graduated from Kingswood Regional High School. He attended the University of New Hampshire and lived in Farmington for more than 20 years.

Cardinal was the co-owner of an excavating company named S. Cardinal & Sons and worked with his father Arthur S. Cardinal, according to his obituary.

The mobile home at 677 Route 11 that burned sits between S. Cardinal & Sons and a NAPA Auto Parts.

Cardinal leaves behind a daughter named Sydney.

Officials said the manner and cause of death are still being investigated by the state Fire Marshal's Office, the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit and Farmington police.

The fire was reported at 6:14 a.m., according to Fire Chief James Reinert. An off-duty firefighter arrived minutes later and tried to get into the home but was pushed back by heat and smoke.

Firefighters discovered the body in what is believed to have been a bedroom in the rear of the home.

Just before noon on Wednesday, investigators from the Fire Marshal's Office and state and local police began interviewing witnesses. Close to 40 family members and friends came to the scene to mourn the loss of Cardinal.

A celebration of Cardinal's life will be held Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Alton American Legion on Wolfeboro Highway in Alton.

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