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Man killed in Farmington mobile home fire identified; cause remains unknown

Union Leader Correspondent

February 23. 2018 2:39PM
A mobile home between two commercial buildings in Farmington was destroyed in a fire Wednesday morning. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

FARMINGTON – The identity of the man who died Wednesday morning in a three-alarm fire was released Friday by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

An autopsy Thursday morning confirmed the deceased to be Arthur “Chip” Cardinal, Jr., 44.

Officials say the manner and cause of death are still being investigated by the Fire Marshal’s office, New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit and Farmington police.

The mobile home at 677 Route 11 that burned sits on property owned by Arthur S. Cardinal, according to town records. It sits between two businesses, S. Cardinal and Sons, an excavating company, and a NAPA Auto Parts.

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 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 their loss.

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