Two adults, two children killed in large Manchester, NH, fire

MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) - Two children and two adults were killed after a fire tore through their Manchester, New Hampshire, home early Monday morning.

Firefighters raced to the scene on Wilson Street, but it was too late.

Two of the victims were found inside and two more were pronounced dead at the hospital.

This is the deadliest fire in New Hampshire in more than 30 years.

The four victims were all in the same apartment on the second floor.

The fire started just before 5 a.m.

Two young boys and two adults were killed.

Thirty residents were displaced by the fire.

“I still can’t believe it happened, I’m still trying to get it to sink in, even though I’m sitting here staring at it,” Jimmy Day, the victims’ best friend, said.

Investigators were on the scene for hours, trying to identify a cause.

“My prayers and thoughts go out to the families of the deceased,” New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan said. “As always, this is a really important reminder of how fragile life is.”

The victims names are not being released. Autopsies will be conducted on Tuesday.

The building was last inspected on Dec. 17, 2015.

The building inspector said all units in the building had working smoke detectors, and there were no complaints on file about the building.

The investigators will return to the scene Tuesday.

 

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