Man dies following early morning Merrimack fire

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Invetigators at the scene of a fatal fire in Merrimack. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

MERRIMACK – State Fire Marshal Paul J. Parisi announces with Merrimack Police Chief Denise Roy and Merrimack Fire Chief Michael Currier that a fire that occurred on March 21, 2019 at 8:33 a.m. at 9 Riverside Drive has resulted in one fatality.

The Merrimack Fire and Police Departments responded to the residence after several calls were made reporting a smell of smoke in the area.  After checking several streets in the area, firefighters found that the residence located at number 9 Riverside Drive was on fire. Crews were able to rescue one adult male occupant from the home. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  An autopsy is scheduled for March 22, 2019.

Fire Marshal Parisi would like to remind everyone that having working smoke detectors throughout the home is critical to life safety.  Additionally, that excessive storage and hoarding conditions in a home create serious safety issues to both occupants and firefighters.  If you know of anyone, especially the elderly, who live in hoarding conditions, please contact your local health department and social services to provide assistance and help improve their fire and health safety.

Any further inquiries can be directed to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Investigator Anthony Harvey at (603) 223-4289.