The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office stated Thursday it has opened an investigation right into a fire that destroyed a small cabin the place an off-the-grid hermit had lived for nearly three a long time.
David Lidstone, 81, lived within the woods alongside the Merrimack River and was identified by locals as “River Dave.” He was jailed on July 15 on a civil contempt sanction and was advised he’d be launched if he agreed to go away the cabin, which is on property owned by a Vermont man who considers Lidstone a squatter.
Fire destroyed the cabin on Wednesday afternoon. The fire marshal’s workplace stated it’s investigating the blaze, however deferred questions to the Canterbury Fire Department. Lt. Dave Nelson of Canterbury Fire stated he expects the investigation to take a couple of days and there have been no updates accessible about its trigger on Thursday.
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“We just had the fire yesterday, it takes a while,” Nelson stated.
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Lidstone, who’s initially from Maine, lived on a woodlot situated a couple of miles from Interstate 93 north of the state’s capitol metropolis of Concord. He advised a decide throughout a Wednesday courtroom look that he had no want to adjust to the order to go away the cabin. Most of his possessions have been faraway from it earlier than the fire.
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Lidstone’s off-the-grid way of life has made him a people hero in northern New England, and information of the cabin fire led to disappointment and empathy amongst his supporters. Horace Clark, a cousin of Lidstone’s who lives in Vermont, stated the fire was “both sad and sick.”