Woodland Hermit’s Cabin Fire Leads to State Investigation
David Lidstone, known locally as "River Dave," is known for his off-the-grid lifestyle that's made him a folk hero in northern New England.
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CANTERBURY, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office said Thursday it has opened an investigation into a fire that destroyed a small cabin where an off-the-grid hermit had lived for almost three decades. David Lidstone, 81, lived in the woods along the Merrimack River and was known by locals as “River Dave.” He was jailed on July 15 on a civil contempt sanction and was told he’d be released if he agreed…