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Woman dies in Meredith Neck fire


March 03, 2010
MEREDITH — A local woman was found dead after first alarm blaze of Meredith Neck.

The State Fire Marshal's Office issued a statement on Tuesday that Deborah Lee Tumey died in her home on 91 Old Hubbard Road during a first alarm blaze on Sunday night.

The Fire Marshal's Office said in a statement the fire was initially reported by a resident that spotted it from across the lake.

Meredith Fire Chief Ken Jones said the call came in at 8:58 p.m. and initially toned as a structure fire.

A first alarm was declared as crews headed to the scene due to the building's location and proximity to water. Center Harbor, Moultonboro, and Holderness joined Meredith for the call.

Jones said around two-thirds of the single-family structure was fully ablaze when crews arrived with heavy fire through the rest of the structure. Jones said crews were given a message by dispatch that the building was still occupied.

Crews took around an hour and 20 minutes to extinguish the flames. One firefighter sustained a non-life threatening injury and was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital, though was released and is recovering.

Tumey's body was found inside the building and an later identified by Deputy Medical Examiner Jeanne Duvall after notification of family members.

The cause of death was ruled as smoke inhalation.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is currently investigating the fire. Investigator Tom Riley of the State Fire Marshal's Office said a cause has not yet been determined and investigators are still interviewing witnesses.

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