Building Gutted After Fire, Explosion in Brookline, NH

The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal said it was aware of a house explosion but hadn't been called to help

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A fire and explosion at a home in southern New Hampshire are under investigation, fire officials said Wednesday. The state fire marshal characterized it as a house explosion.

The incident unfolded on Gilson Road in Brookline, New Hampshire. Footage from the scene showed smoke rising from a completely gutted building.

No one was home or near when the blast went off around 1 p.m., officials said.

Smoke poured from a fire-ravaged building in Brookline, Massachusetts, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.

The Brookline Fire Department initially thought the incident could be a gas explosion, but later determined that was not gas related.

The family that lived there on Gilson Road is now displaced.

"We did have a heavy fire, practically a fully involved house on arrival, which stretched several lines," noted Brookline Fire Department Lieutenant Meghan Ricke.

Firefighters worked all afternoon and into the evening Wednesday to stop the flames from spreading to the woods and over to David Lawrence's home next door.

"You just see the fire go and you wonder, 'OK, what's going to happen?'" he said.

A home in Brookline, New Hampshire, was leveled after an explosion.

Lawrence said he was unaware of what was going on until a police officer knocked on his door and urged him and his family to get out.

"I think the firefighters did a great job to contain it to where it was," said Lawrence.

The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal is on scene and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

SmokeSmoke rising from a fire-gutted building in Brookline, New Hampshire, on Aug. 31, 2022.
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Smoke rising from a fire-gutted building in Brookline, New Hampshire, on Aug. 31, 2022.
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