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Dec 4, 2015 12:51 PM

Fatal fire in Concord, kills 1, leaves UNH law students homeless

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CONCORD - One man died in fire at an apartment building at 96 Rumford St., and the state fire marshal is investigating.

Firefighters were able to knock the fire down quickly after the call came in early Friday morning.

“When they got here they had fire blowing out of the front windows,” said Concord Fire Chief Dan Andrus.

Students at the University of New Hampshire law school nearby were among those living in the house and who safely escaped.

"We have a really great small community here, and everyone will pull together," said UNH Graduate Assistant Alyson Fava. "Once we find out what their needs are, we'll assess and try to provide what we can."

One student who lived in the building said he tried to knock on the first floor apartment to get the resident out.

Unfortunately he was too late.

The Red Cross was involved and trying to find students shelter and clothing before finals week begins.

“Certainly my heart goes out to all the people that lived there,” said John Burlock, a friend of several of the residents and a third-year law student.

“The Dean of Students came in with a stack of coats and gloves and to see if he needed anything,” said Burlock.

The cause has yet to be determined but fire crews continue to investigate the scene. They think it started on the first floor.

An autopsy will be done to identify the man who died in the building.

Residents told NH1 News he is an older man and was not a UNH student.

Officials are withholding his identity pending notification of his family.

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