Two die in blast, fire at Manchester, N.H., home

Two people died in an explosion and fire at a Manchester, N.H., home this afternoon, fire officials said.

Firefighters are still at the Mooresville Road home tonight, but the blaze is under control, according to District Fire Chief Mark Pelletier.

Firefighters received a call about an explosion that set the wooden ranch-style home on fire at about 2:40 p.m., said Pelletier. The cause of the blast is under investigation, he said.

The explosion caused the building to dislodge from its foundation and it is a total loss, Manchester Fire District Chief Michael Gamache said in a press release. The damage is estimated at $175,000, the fire official said.

The identities of the victims have not been released and no further information was available tonight.

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