Community group identifies body found after fire

Editor’s note/disclaimer: The following information was provided by a community group and not the police. In cases of a fatality, we usually await identity confirmation from an authority figure. This is due to a number of factors, including notification of family members. However, due to the speed of social media today and the close-knit community of Common Fence Point, Portsmouth Press is releasing this information at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. 

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A community group, the Common Fence Point Improvement Association, announced the identity of a body found after a fire damaged three homes on Narragansett Boulevard. Police have not confirmed the identity at this time. 

“There has been no confirmation,” said Dt. Lt. Michael Arnold, spokesperson for the Portsmouth Police Department, when asked about the announcement Friday morning. 

The Common Fence Point Improvement Association identified the body as 80-year-old Richard Kanuass, a 30-year resident of Common Fence Point. 

The nonprofit group will also hold a meeting Sunday to discuss ways to help the victims and community. 

The following was posted verbatim Friday morning online: 

As many of you are aware by now, tragedy struck our beloved Common Fence Point on Feb 7 with a fire that destroyed two homes and severely damaged another. Most tragically, a life was lost. Mr. Richard Kanuass, 80 years old, was a 30 year resident of CFP and beloved by many.

The CFP officers and CFPIA Trustees invite everyone to a gathering this Sunday, Feb 11 at 4pm at the CFP Hall to discuss how we, neighbors and members of this unique and special community, can help demonstrate support for the victims of this tragedy.

Leading the meeting will be neighbor and CFP Vice President, Aimee Sweeney. In 2014, Aimee and family’s home burned down on Summit Rd right here in Common Fence Point. Aimee and her family rebuilt their home and are active members in our community. Aimee has graciously volunteered to spearhead this relief effort and talk to us first-hand about the types of support that are most meaningful in these trying circumstances.

This coming week we will be laying flowers in honor and remembrance of our wonderful neighbor, Rick, at the sign at the top of the neighborhood. We will also be doing a Lap of Love walk the following Sunday, February 18th at 1pm.

We hope you can join us and lend your hearts and hands to our neighbors in need.


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