Canaan, NH fire claims life of man; cause under investigation by state fire marshal

A man died in an early morning house fire in Canaan, New Hampshire today, according to state officials. A woman driving by the residence at 1095 Route 4 reported the fire at around 1:30 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed in flames, and the attached farmer’s porch began to cave in.

“As soon as they got there, everything started to collapse,’’ Canaan Police Sergeant Ryan Porter said in a telephone interview.

The home was completely destroyed, he said, as was the owner’s car.

Porter said that the homeowner’s sister had been staying at the home, but was not there at the time of the fire. Police have since located her, he said.

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Police also believe that two cats were in the home at the time of the fire. They haven’t been located.

The victim, who is not being identified until the state medical examiner makes a positive identification and the family is notified, was discovered as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. Porter said that it was unclear if he died before or during the fire.

“He was under the rubble,’’ Porter said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office.

“We don’t have anything that indicates that it is suspicious,’’ said Porter, “but it’s still undetermined.’’

An autopsy is Monday at the Concord Hospital in Concord.

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