Mother-in-law of state legislator dies in Laconia fire

  • Firefighters responded to a house fire on Highland Street in Laconia Wednesday that left an elderly resident dead. —Courtesy

  • Firefighters responded to a house fire on Highland Street in Laconia Wednesday that left an elderly resident dead. —Courtesy

  • Firefighters responded to a house fire on Highland Street in Laconia Wednesday that left an elderly resident dead. —Courtesy

Laconia Daily Sun
Published: 4/8/2021 2:28:19 PM

A mother-in law of a state legislator died after being rescued from a fire in Laconia Wednesday afternoon.

Sue Higgins said the victim was her mother, Virginia Higgins. The elder Higgins lived in the first-floor apartment at 169-171 Highland St. She was 89 years old and blind, her daughter said. Sue Higgins and her husband, state Rep. Gregg Hough, who live on the second floor, were not home at the time.

Hough said he learned of the fire as he was attending a session of the state House, which was taking place in a sports arena in Bedford.

Laconia Fire Chief Kirk Beattie said the elder Higgins was found shortly after 2 p.m. by firefighters on the first floor of the building at 171 Highland St. She was not breathing and firefighters began CPR immediately, the chief said.

As the first firefighters arrived on the scene flames could be seen on the first floor, Beattie said. A second-alarm was sounded summoning additional personnel and equipment from surrounding communities.

Beattie said the fire was confined to the first floor. He said the origin and the cause of the fire are still under investigation.

Because someone died, the investigation will be headed by the state Fire Marshal’s Office, the chief explained. The Laconia Fire Department and Laconia Police Department will assist in the investigation.




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