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Arson suspected in early morning New Hampton fire

Union Leader Correspondent

April 04. 2015 6:50AM
Firefighters fight the blaze at 55 Main New Hampton early Saturday morning. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)

NEW HAMPTON – Local and state police are looking for at least one person after an early morning fire Saturday  destroyed a historic main street home.

The one-alarm fire was reported about 2:20 a.m. by a neighbor who saw flames coming from 55 Main St., said Fire Chief Michael Drake.

When firefighters arrived the home was fully engulfed in flame.

Firefighters quickly checked and found no one  inside.  They were unable to determine when someone was last  in the single-family home that has been on Main Street for decades.

The home is owned by Elizabeth Short, and she was believed to be living there with her boyfriend, Carl Grace.

Drake said the cause of the fire is presumed to be suspicious, and the charge against anyone involved would be arson.

A representative of the state fire marshal's office is expected at the scene Saturday morning.

Belmont New Hampton

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