UPTON – The Maine State Fire Marshal has determined an elderly man died in a house fire sometime in the past week, after his body was discovered in an Upton home Saturday.
Steve McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Norman Mercier, 79, died after a wood stove in his Oxford County home ignited nearby combustible materials.
The fire extinguished itself because of a lack of oxygen. The house, on Route 26 near the New Hampshire border, had heavy smoke damage.
Authorities were alerted when Mercier’s friends had not heard from him in a few days. When Oxford County Sheriff’s Office deputies entered the home, they found Mercier’s body in the living room.