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Police releasing limited info about Manchester fire deaths

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) -

Sky7 was over the scene of a house fire in New Hampshire Monday where explosions were reported and two people were killed.

Neighbors said they heard explosions inside the home in Mooresville Road but firefighters were unable to confirm this. Officials did say that when they arrived several windows had been blown out and the front of the home had already suffered "significant damage."

Neighbor Kathy Burtram saw and felt what happened.

"My car shook and the roof line of the house opened up and insulation and smoke just started pouring out of the roof of the house. My daughter said ‘Mom, that house just blew up,’” Burtram said.

The fire was reported around 2 p.m. and emergency personnel were on the scene shortly after. Firefighters say they still don't know how the blaze started, but they did say there was no natural gas running to the home.

The two people were found dead by firefighters, but they have not been identified. An elderly couple who lives in the house was recently on vacation, it is not clear if they had returned yet or not.

"I don't know what to think right now. I just hope they weren’t inside, that’s all I can say,” Laura Mitchell, the homeowners’ grandniece said.

"I was hysterical because I was right here. I couldn't help them. That's terrible,” Burtram said.

Relatives have been unable to reach the couple, or their adult son, who was last seen leaving the house earlier in the day.

Police, fire and ATF officials are saying little about the investigation, they do say everything's on the table including the possibility of foul play.

"Basically, it's like a jigsaw puzzle we have to find all the pieces of the puzzle and put those pieces together to figure out what happened in there,” Rob Farley, Manchester Fire Marshall, said.

Investigators won’t say if there was trauma to the bodies, they haven't released the sex or the age of the bodies they found in the house; they say it’s still too early in the investigation to give those details.


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