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Toddler killed in New Ipswich fire was grandson staying the night
A Jaffrey firefighter stands guard at the entrance of Huse Road Sunday afternoon while fire officials investigate the scene of a farmhouse fire. Soughan EMS responders make their way up Huse Road. (Meghan Pierce/Union Leader Correspondent)
NEW IPSWICH – The toddler that died in the Huse Road house fire Sunday was identified by fire officials Monday, Christmas Eve.
23-month-old Gregory Paul Prince Jr. died of smoke inhalation according to the New Hampshire Medical Examiner's Office, which conducted an autopsy of the boy Monday morning.
The second fire victim, a 26-year-old man, has not been identified and his autopsy results are pending, officials said.
Five other fire victims have been hospitalized.
Neighbor Ronald Boulerice said Gregory did not live at 36 Huse Road, but was visiting his grandparents and other family members who live at the home, aunts and uncles.
Boulerice said he has known the family for 15 years.
He said Gregory lived locally in a neighboring town. He was staying over night and neither of his parents were at the house the night of the fire.
The 26-year-old man was Gregory's uncle, Boulerice said.
Gregory's grandparents remain hospitalized in intensive care and the other three family members remain hospitalized in less serious condition, he said.
The family home was completely destroyed by the fire, Boulerice said.
In reaction to the devastating fire Nennies 5 Star Café and Catering on Route 123 has set up a charity for the family, he said.
In a press release Monday afternoon, New Hampshire State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, New Ipswich Police Chief Timothy Carpenter, and New Ipswich Fire Chief David Leel, said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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