Victim of fatal New Hampton fire identifiedBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
January 16. 2018 5:13PM
NEW HAMPTON - The proprietor of “Brokenwheel Farm” has been identified as the victim of a Jan. 6 fire that destroyed a home at 63 Beech Hill Road.
Peter A. Shephard lived alone on the property, where he raised chickens, sold eggs, vegetables and hay and operated a sugar house.
A dog and about 100 chickens perished along with Shephard in the fast moving fire that swept through the two-story farmhouse in the early morning hours.
Identification of Shephard was made by the state Medical Examiner's Office, but the cause and manner of death is yet undetermined pending further analysis, say officials.
Shephard is the second New Hampshire resident to die in a fire in 2018, according to Adam Fanjoy, an investigator with the Fire Marshal's Office.
Announcing the identify of the victim Tuesday, Fanjoy said the fire remains under investigation, but does not appear suspicious.
He reminded homeowners that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors can provide enough warning for people to escape with their lives.
With the forecast calling for snow, Fanjoy said, it is important to keep driveways plowed and doors and walkways clear to allow occupants to escape and firefighters to gain access in the event of a fire or other emergency.
The Jan. 6 fire was reported about 3 a.m. Firefighters were hampered by an unplowed driveway and cold reaching minus 28 degrees with wind chill. A third alarm was sounded to bring more personnel and equipment to the scene as cold froze pumper trucks and firefighters alike.