Toddler, man dead after three-alarm blaze in remote New Hampshire town

A toddler and a man were found dead after a three-alarm blaze ripped through a residence in a remote New Hampshire town early Sunday morning, authorities said.

The fire, which burned through a residence on Huse Road in New Ipswich starting around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, also left five people injured—two with critical injuries, according to New Ipswich Fire Chief David Leel.

Fire officials had a hard time fighting the fire because the house was located about four miles away from the nearest water source, Leel said.

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“We had to lay down a lot of large diameter fire hoses, and use lots and lots of tankers,” Leel said.

The blaze was so severe that fire departments from 12 nearby towns responded to the scene, and the flames took nearly two hours to tame, he said.

Seven people lived at the house, Leel said. Two were found dead—a 2-year-old baby boy and a 26-year-old man—and the rest were transported to hospitals for their injuries. Three were treated and released from Monadnock Community Hospital in New Hampshire, while two others remained in intensive care at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., Leel said.

Leel said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, and that the identities of those found dead were not being released as of Sunday evening.

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