New Hampshire

Woman Found Dead in Burned NH House, Husband Critically Hurt, Authorities Say

The woman's death in Derry is being investigated as suspicious, and part of the investigation is a series of gunshots neighbors reported

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The death of a woman in a charred New Hampshire home is being investigated as suspicious, while her husband is in a Boston hospital being treated for critical injuries, authorities said Monday.

Part of the investigation is a series of gunshots that neighbors reported before the house in Derry went up in flames.

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Police and fire officials were initially called to the home on Mt. Pleasant Street near Grinnell Road for a fire around 10:05 p.m. Sunday, according to Deputy Attorney General Jane Young's office.

Officers entered the house and found an unconscious, injured man, later identified as the 57-year-old owner of the house, Manoel Viana, and dragged him from the house, prosecutors said.

First responders were unable to re-enter the home due to smoke. When the fire was extinguished, authorities found the body of a woman, believed to be Viana's 53-year-old wife, Lynn Marie Viana.

Officials said there is no evidence to suggest that there is a threat to the general public.

"It was very scary because we didn't know how the fire started," said Lisa Poirier, one of the shocked neighbors.

Manoel Viana was taken from the scene on Mt. Pleasant Street and is being treated at a Boston hospital for life-threatening injuries, prosecutors said. Three Derry police officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries while retrieving him from the home.

An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the cause of Lynn Marie Viana's death, Young's office said.

Officials said there is no evidence to suggest that there is a threat to the general public. But they are asking neighbors for any surveillance video they may have showing the time leading up to the fire.

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