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Manchester, N.H.

Authorities seek man after deadly blast

A 38-year-old Manchester, N.H., man is being sought by authorities investigating a house fire and explosion Monday that killed two people in the city, officials said.

Manchester police are seeking the public’s help in locating Matthew Dion. He is described as 5-feet-8 and weighing about 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

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Family members told the New Hampshire Union Leader that Dion is the son of the homeowners, but authorities declined to describe Dion’s connection to the home or the explosion. He is believed to be driving a white 2009 Nissan Altima.

The two homeowners, whose identities have not been released, were found dead inside the wooden, ranch-style home on Mooresville Road Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Their deaths are considered suspicious, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin said in a telephone interview.

The cause of the blast is under investigation.

The explosion caused the house to dislodge from its foundation and it was a total loss, Manchester Fire District Chief Michael Gamache said in a statement.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline. tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp.
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