BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — Shots were fired just before a fire and explosion raged through a home in southern New Hampshire Monday afternoon, and state police said the shooting involved a police officer.
Multiple agencies responded to a suburban duplex home in Brentwood shortly after 4 p.m. Monday after the shooting was reported.
Debra Vasapolli, director of public relations at Exeter Hospital, confirmed that one person was taken to the hospital but said that person was not the victim of a gunshot wound. She declined to provide more details.
Aerial coverage from WMUR-TV shows flames burning through the roof of the house and WMUR showed an explosion that punched out the front of the house shortly after 5:30 p.m. Firefighters were kept away from the scene and within minutes of the explosion the house was engulfed in flames.
After firefighters started attacking the blaze around 6 p.m., the fire was largely knocked down about a half hour later and it didn’t appear to have spread to neighboring houses.
The house was in a neighborhood for people ages 55 and older.
Calls to the Rockingham County sheriff’s office and state police were not immediately returned. A spokesman for the state attorney general’s office said he didn’t have any updated information.