One person died after a fire broke out in a mobile home overnight in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Officials say the frigid overnight temperatures made fighting the fire at 21 Mercury Lane a challenge.
It was about three degrees at about 1 a.m. Wednesday when crews were battling the flames.
They were dealing with a frozen hydrant but say that did not play a role in the person’s death.
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Deputy Fire Chief Glen MacDonald says firefighters got the water flowing from the hydrant within minutes.
He’s confident there was nothing more his crews could’ve done to save the person inside.
“The fire was very intense in the building, there was no way anyone would be able to live in the building,” MacDonald said. “This person was deceased long before we got there.”
The victim has been identified as Lorraine Malignaggi, 79, of Nashua. The cause of death has been determined to be smoke inhalation and the manner of death accidental.
The State Fire Marshal is now investigating, while MacDonald reflects on a difficult night, saying even after nearly 40 years of fighting fire, this conversation never gets easier.
“We’re in the business to help people,” he said. “So, it’s tough anytime someone loses their life.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No further information was immediately available.
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