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Northfield woman dies from apparent smoking accident

By DAN SEUFERT
Union Leader Correspondent

July 10. 2015 9:20PM


NORTHFIELD – A woman was found dead outside of her Oak Hill Road home Friday afternoon, having died, apparently, from a fire related to smoking.


Tilton-Northfield Fire Department Captain Sean Valovanie confirmed that an as-yet unidentified woman, thought to be about 58 years old, was found dead outside her home at 560 Oak Hill Road at about 2 p.m.


“It's not clear what happened, there was some fire involved, possibly a flash fire of some kind,” Valovanie said. “The home itself was not badly damaged by fire.”


Representatives from the state Fire Marshal's office and the state Medical Examiner's office were on the scene of the incident Friday afternoon.


“The police are handling it at this point,” he said.
Northfield Police Sgt. Michael Hutchinson said state officials from both the Fire Marshal's officer and the Medical Examiner's office had taken control if the case Friday night.


“The gist of what happened will be released by the state offices once they determine exactly what happened,” Hutchinson said.


Police would not identify the woman “until families are notified,” he said.


According to town tax records, the home is owned by Jane M. Uscilka.


Hutchinson said there apparently was a fire, and smoking materials were found outside the home after the fire near where the victim's body was found. She suffered burns, authorities said, though her cause of death was still being sought by investigators Friday.


“There was a burnt cigarette outside, smoking was apparently involved,” he said.
Though authorities were not releasing further details of the incident Friday night, they said the incident was likely not suspicious in nature.


“There doesn't appear to be any foul play involved,” Hutchinson said. “The house was not badly burned, she made it outside.”

dseufert@newstote.com


Public Safety Northfield


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