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Claremont man dies in mobile home fire

  • The brother-in-law of the occupant of a mobile home who died in an early morning fire on Dennison Avenue in Claremont, N.H., boards up a storage building on April 2, 2020. He declined to give his name. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Staff Report
Published: 4/2/2020 11:13:52 AM
Modified: 4/2/2020 9:21:23 PM

CLAREMONT — A 58-year-old man died in an early-morning fire at his mobile home in Claremont on Thursday, according to a news release from New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Paul Parisi.

Francis Viola Jr., who owned the home on 21 Dennison Ave., died from “thermal and inhalation injuries,” Parisi wrote in the news release.

Firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 4 a.m. to find the mobile home engulfed in flames, the release said. After putting out the fire, crews found Viola dead inside the home, Parisi wrote.

Investigators from the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s office are still investigating the cause of the blaze and whether the home had working smoke detectors, according to District Chief Adam Fanjoy.

Viola bought the 300-square-foot home in 2016 for $2,000, according to Claremont property records. The one-bedroom, one-bath home was built in 1962.

A man who said he was the brother-in-law of the victim was working to secure the property on Thursday and declined to comment.




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