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The scene this morning at 72 Nottingham Road in Deerfield where a man died in a shed fire. (RYAN O'CONNOR)

Deerfield man killed in early morning shed fire

DEERFIELD – A Deerfield man died early Thursday morning in a one-alarm fire that engulfed the shed in which officials said the man lived.

Fire Chief Mark Tibbetts said the victim has been identified, but his name is not being released, pending notification of next of kin.

Tibbetts said a call came in at 4:12 a.m., after a neighbor noted flames coming out of the corner of the shed. When firefighters arrived minutes later, he said the small structure was fully engulfed in flames, and an abutting house was being exposed to the heat and flames.

The blaze was knocked down at 4:28, and Tibbetts said firefighters found the body inside.

"It was a place a person was living," the chief said of the shed. "We have three different houses on this property, and one of the guys was living in the shed year round. He had a small heater."

The state Fire Marshal's Office actively investigating the fire, added Tibbitts.

"It's not suspicious. We're just trying to determine what could have caused it," he said. "At this time, it's accidental."

Personnel from the Candia and Raymond fire departments covered the station while Deerfield firefighters battled the blaze.

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