Fire victim identified

LACONIA — The N.H. State Fire marshal's Office has identified the man who died in Tuesday's apartment building fire here as 74-year-old Paul Blakely.

Located in the center portion of the building at 64 David Place, Blakely's 2-story home was one of six units that were either totally destroyed or badly damaged as a result of the fire.

Chief Ken Erickson the Fire Marshal and his department are still investigating the cause of the blaze that killed Blakely and left many others homeless, including building owner Lloyd "Red" Wylie Jr.

The fire, that was reported at 10:45 p.m. went to four alarms, took nearly 12 hours to completely extinguish and brought firefighters from a far away as Concord, Franklin and Holderness to the city.