Farmington fire claims life of one; family and friends turn out to mournBy KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent
February 21. 2018 11:09AM
FARMINGTON — One person died in a three-alarm fire in Farmington Wednesday morning.
Fire Chief James Reinert said the fire was reported at 6:14 a.m. An off-duty firefighter arrived just minutes later and tried to get into the mobile home, but was pushed back by heat and smoke, he said.
Firefighters discovered the body in what was believed to be a bedroom in the rear of the home.
The home was on Route 11 between NAPA Auto Parts and S Cardinal and Sons, an excavating company. Crews that arrived at 6:19 a.m. immediately went into defensive mode because there were a number of flammable materials in the area, Reinert said.
The mobile home was destroyed.
Crews from Milton, Middleton, New Durham, Wakefield and Rochester assisted in fighting the fire.
On Wednesday morning, close to 40 family members and friends arrived at the scene to mourn. They declined to speak to the media.
Just before noon, investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s office and state and local police began interviewing people.
The mobile home at 677 Route 11 in Farmington is owned by Arthur S. Cardinal, according to assessing clerk Kelly Heon.
A public listing for Arthur S. Cardinal Jr. says he lives on 1365 Ten Rod Road in Farmington. A second public listing for a person named Arthur Cardinal says he lives at 372 Hornetown Road in Farmington.
Neither Arthur Cardinal could be reached for comment Wednesday evening.
An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for today at 9 a.m. at the state Medical Examiner’s office.