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One Confirmed Dead in Grafton Church Fire

An update on our top story from Tuesday as authorities confirmed one man was killed during a fire at a 200-year-old church in Grafton, New Hampshire.

Firefighters responded to the Peaceful Assembly Church on Route 4 shortly before 11 o’clock Tuesday morning to find quickly spreading flames throughout the structure. Once the fire was put out and crews were able to get into the church at around 5 p.m., they discovered the body of an unidentified deceased male.

According to the Valley News, the church was founded by John Connell who lived in an apartment within the structure. Connell’s whereabouts were not known as of Tuesday evening, though his cars were parked nearby.

Crews from more than six different towns assisted Grafton firefighters on the scene, including the Hartford, Lebanon and Hanover fire departments.

A detour along Route 4 near the scene of the fire is still in place as authorities continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

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