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UPDATE: Former Nashua police chief dies in outdoor incident involving a fire at Andover home

ANDOVER - A former Nashua police chief is dead after an incident involving an outside fire in a brush pile.

The fire was at the home of Don Gross, who lived on his farm on Kearsarge Road in Andover.

The state Fire Marshal's office told NH1 News on Thursday that multiple reports of an explosion were not correct.

Andover selectwoman Victoria Mishcon, a close friend of Gross, confirmed to NH1 News that he was the person who died. Mischon described the accident as "terrible."

She said Gross is also a former Andover selectman and that he loved the city dearly and was wonderful to work with.

Gross, 65, worked as a police officer for 32 years. He retired from the Nashua police force in 2004 after spending four years as police chief.

The Fire Marshal's office would not release an identity until after an autopsy, scheduled for Friday, is complete. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

We'll have more details after officials release them on Friday.

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