NORTH HAMPTON — Authorities have identified the adult and child who died after a house fire Friday evening.
On Sunday night, state Fire Marshal Paul J. Parisi said 23-year-old Benjamin Fauteux of Hillsboro and 1-year-old Emerson Quinonez of North Hampton died of smoke inhalation in their second-floor apartment at 90 Lovering Road.
Their deaths have been ruled accidental.
The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.
First responders were called to 90 Lovering Road shortly after 8 p.m. for a report of a fire in a two-family home, according to a news release from North Hampton Fire & Rescue.
The first fire crews on the scene rescued one person from the building and then continued to search for others as they battled the fire. They found the two victims, who were taken to area hospitals, where both died from their injuries.
Firefighters from 17 mutual aid companies responded to the scene.
In a statement, town officials expressed sorrow for the loss of life. “Our hearts go out to the victims and families affected by this tragedy,” it said.
Local fire and police officials are working with the state fire marshal’s office and state police to determine the cause of the fatal fire and the circumstances surrounding the deaths, officials said.