An update from Friday’s tragic story of a fire in Andover that killed one man. Authorities have identified the man as 65-year old Donald Gross, who had served as Nashua’s police chief from 2000 to 2004 and was known for being a community-minded person.
Gross succumbed to injuries sustained in a fire Thursday and an autopsy on Friday determined that the cause of death was smoke inhalation.
When officials responded to the scene on Thursday, Gross was unable to be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The fire itself caused little damage to structures located on the 189 Kearsarge Mountain Road property, and after an investigation by the NH State Fire Marshal’s Office, the fire was deemed to have started accidentally from a pile of brush and included the use of ignitable liquids in close proximity to open flame.
Neighbors of Gross have said that he was very community-minded and was an asset to the town. Andover town officials are discussing a possible memorial service for Gross.