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 fo the victims have not been released and no further information was available tonight.Globe Correspondent Haven Orecchio-Egresitz contributed to this report. Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp. Globe Correspondent Haven Orecchio-Egresitz contributed to this report.