Body of man found in burned mobile home ID'd but cause of death not released

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FARMINGTON - The man whose body was found amid the rubble of a Farmington mobile home on Wednesday has been identified after an autopsy was performed on Thursday.

Police and the state fire marshal today confirmed the dead man to be 44-year-old Arthur "Chip" Cardinal Jr.

However, the manner and cause of death are still not confirmed pending the completion of an investigation by the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office, New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit and Farmington Police Department, which is still ongoing.

Safety officials in a statement also did not confirm Cardinal as the owner or renter of the residence.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Investigator Matthew Wilmot of the NH State Fire Marshal's Office at (603) 223-4289 or Farmington Police Detective John Langley at (603) 755-2731.

Wednesday's blaze at 677 Route 11 was first reported around 6:26 a.m.

Fire crews arriving at the scene, which is near a NAPA Auto and Truck Parts store, found the structure fully involved.

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