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Major Crime Unit joins probe in deadly Exeter mobile home fire

Union Leader Correspondent

June 20. 2018 11:37AM
One person was killed in a mobile home fire in Exeter Tuesday morning. (Jason Schreiber/Correspondent)

EXETER — The Attorney General’s office and State Police Major Crime Unit have joined the investigation into the death of a woman whose body was found inside a charred mobile home after a fire early Tuesday morning.

Authorities have been tight-lipped on the investigation that began after firefighters were called to a fire at a residence at 66 Hayes Mobile Home Park around 4 a.m.

The Attorney General’s office said only that an “active death investigation” was underway. The victim’s name has been withheld pending the results of an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.

Investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s office arrived at the home Tuesday morning to assist local police and fire officials as they searched for clues.

A van from State Police Major Crime Unit rolled in by mid-afternoon. Members of that unit could be seen scouring the property and gathering potential evidence.

Thomas J. Riley, district chief with the state Fire Marshal’s office, confirmed that a person was found dead inside the mobile home, which was heavily damaged in the fire, but he said it was too early to comment on a possible cause and whether the fire was suspicious. “At this point we’re doing what we have to do to get ready to go in and do a fire investigation,” he said.

Neighbor Andy Colon said he noticed some white smoke coming from the mobile home sometime after 2 a.m., but initially thought that someone might be cooking.

“There wasn’t any flame, that’s why I wasn’t worried,” he said.

He watched for a period of time, realized there was a fire and called the fire department.

Colon said a family that had been living in the mobile home recently moved out and that a woman had moved in last weekend.

While checking out the fire scene, Colon said he noticed that his garden hose reel cart that’s normally behind his home had been moved and was placed up against the side of the mobile home near a window where the fire occurred. He said he had no idea how it got there and that it made him suspicious.

Colon said he also saw a man with what appeared to be a flashlight walking around the mobile home around the time that he saw the smoke.

Michael von York, who lives in the neighborhood, said everything was quiet when he got home from work around 12:35 a.m.

“I woke up to all the fire trucks and police cars. All the lights were flashing into our bedroom,” he said.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on the incident to call Detective Sgt. Matt Amatucci of the State Police Major Crime Unit at 419-8291.

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