House explodes and kills 1 overnight in NH

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A house exploded early Tuesday morning, killing an elderly man inside and shaking homes up to two blocks away.

One neighbor reported seeing flames nearly 50 feet high.

Neighbors say an elderly man lived alone in the home, but officials said they had not identified the victim. Tax records show the home has gas heat, but fire officials said it was too early to say what caused the fire.

The ranch-style home in the city's North End was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and was reduced to rubble.

"It was the biggest ball of fire I've ever seen," neighbor Kenneth Warnock told the New Hampshire Union Leader.

"It shook the house big-time."

Linden Campbell said his house two streets away shook from the explosion.

"My windows rattled. It was humongous," he said.

Campbell said he could see flames shooting 40 to 50 feet high.

Fire Chief James Burkush said the home is the fourth in New England leveled by an explosion in the past three months. He said there had been no reports of gas leaks at the home and none was found in an initial assessment Tuesday morning.

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Information from:
WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com
New Hampshire Union Leader, http://www.theunionleader.com/


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