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Death of a father: Boiler procedures contributed to death

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KEENE -- An oil field fatality involving a furnace explosion near here may have been prevented if proper procedures had been followed, the state's chief boiler inspector said this week.

Inspector Robert Reetz said it will be impossible to determine exactly what happened in the Jan. 27 incident that killed 38-year-old Richard Ries, but his investigation outlines some factors that contributed to it.

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