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Fire claims the life of Nottingham woman

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Sunday News Correspondent

December 31. 2016 8:52PM
Neighbor Wanda Archambeault was able to capture this image of a three-alarm fire on Stage Road in Nottingham on Friday night. Patricia Baker, 82, died in the home of smoke inhalation. (Courtesy)



NOTTINGHAM - The State Fire Marshal's Office says smoking materials may have been the cause of a three-alarm fire that took the life of an elderly woman Friday night.

Authorities identified the victim as 82-year-old Patricia Baker and said she died from smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but investigators are looking at unsafe use of smoking materials as a possible cause, according to the fire marshal's office.

First responders were called to 176 Stage Road about 9:20 p.m. by resident Charles Baker. He was taken to Exeter Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, but his wife never made it out, despite the efforts of firefighters.

Baker and his wife had lived in the residence for more than 40 years, according to neighbor Wanda Archambeault, who only knew the woman as "Mrs. Baker" and said she was "very sweet" and bedridden.

Archambeault was home when the fire started and described the scene as "heartbreaking."

"The house went up so fast. No one had time to go back in for her. The crews did everything they could," Archambeault said. "When I got outside they were just getting him out. He kept saying to me, 'She's in there. Please get her out.'?"

State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan called the fire "a tragedy." He also reminded folks to make sure their smoke alarms are in working order and to have an escape plan in case of fire.

Route 152 was closed between Priest Road and Camelot Court as firefighters from across the region battled to put out the fire.


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