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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.

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