- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire fire officials have identified the man who died in a house fire in Bedford earlier this week.

Officials say 53-year-old Alan Ouellette died of smoke inhalation in the fire on Elk Drive that started late Monday night.

Authorities say an autopsy on Wednesday determined that his death has been deemed an accident.

Firefighters attempted to rescue Ouellette, who was reported to be trapped in the basement. But he was found on the second floor of the home once most of the fire was extinguished. He died from his injuries at Catholic Medical Center.

The cause of the fire, which apparently started in the basement, remains under investigation. Officials say the investigation to date does not indicate there was anything criminal about the cause.

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