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Reference: Fatal Fire Found to Be Accidental

Fire Chief Chris LeClaire, Police Chief Mike Magnant, and State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan announce that the fire at 132 Middle Street, Apartment #2 in Portsmouth, NH has been found to be accidental. The cause of the fire was determined to be combustibles left on the stove.

The fire was reported at 2:37 AM on July 2, 2006 and upon arrival the Portsmouth Fire Department had smoke and fire showing from apartment #2. The occupant, Ian Esperian DOB 10/11/81 of apartment #2 was located in the kitchen area where he had succumbed to the by-products of combustion. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Andrew has identified the victim as Ian Esperian and the cause of death to be smoke inhalation.

Any questions can be directed to Investigator Keith Rodenhiser at (603) 271-3294.

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 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500