Victim of fatal fire in Laconia identified
The state fire marshal’s office yesterday identified the victim of Tuesday’s fatal fire in Laconia as 74-year-old Paul Blakely.
Blakely died in a fast-moving four-alarm fire at an apartment building on Davis Place that kept firefighters working until the next morning.
A group of good Samaritans tried to rescue Blakely, but a stubborn door prevented them from accessing his apartment, according to the Laconia Daily Sun.
State Fire Marshal William Degnan said in a press release that the investigation is ongoing. The Laconia police and fire departments are assisting in the investigation.