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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Fatal fire investigation in Rochester

ROCHESTER — A fatal fire broke out in Rochester on Thursday.

Authorities were notified of a deceased man located in the woods while firefighters were extinguishing a wildland fire on Jones Mountain Road at around 8:20 p.m.

The deceased man was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy and identification.

Members of the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit responded to the fire scene on Friday to conduct an origin and cause examination.

The deceased man was located in the woods approximately 200 yards east of a homestead.

It appears he had been attempting to suppress the fire by himself.

Police say there is no indication that the fire was the result of direct human involvement and does not appear to be a criminal event.

Around 2 to 3 acres of woodland were burned in the fire.

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