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FOM 2020-4164

FOM 2020-4164

MERRIMACK, NH — An elderly woman has died after a fire on Harris Avenue Wednesday, according to Merrimack Interim Fire Chief Matthew Duke.

Merrimack firefighters responded to a reported house fire around 5 a.m. and found heavy fire in the front portion of the 2-story home. Fire crews worked to knock down the fire so they could make entry into the home to search for an occupant reportedly still inside. Firefighters were challenged to search the house due to a large amount of contents in the house.

Crews located an elderly woman in the rear portion of the house and removed her, and performed CPR at the scene. Duke said firefighters were unable to revive the woman.

The NH State Fire Marshal's Office has identified the victim of the fire as Shirley Mae Gordon age, 81. An autopsy is scheduled to be conducted tomorrow.

A second alarm was struck bringing several towns and cities to the scene of the fire and to Merrimack fire stations for coverage. The fire has been brought under control in approximately an hour.

Merrimack Fire, police, and the NH State Fire Marshal's Office is on scene investigating the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. ©Jeffrey Hastings