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Robert and Constance Dion killed in New Hampshire blast

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MANCHESTER, Mass. — The bodies of two people found after an explosion in a New Hampshire home earlier this week have been identified.

Robert and Constance Dion, 71 and 67, of Manchester, were killed in the blast on Mooresville Road just after 2:30 p.m. Monday. The deputy chief medical examiner has further concluded that the manner of the two victims’ deaths was homicide, officials said Thursday.

Matthew T. Dion, 38, the couple’s son, who was living at the home at the time, was wanted in connection with the explosion.

Dion is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 200 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Officials said he may be driving a white 2009 Nissan Altima with New Hampshire registration 3410587.

Relatives said the couple was supposed to be away on a vacation at the time of the blast.

Investigators said the explosion at the home on was not caused by natural gas because there is no gas line to the home.

Anyone with information about Dion or the Nissan Altima should contact the Manchester Police Department at 603-668-8711.


3 people seriously injured in Astle Street blast 

TEWKSBURY, Mass. — A house explosion that injured three people in Tewksbury on Tuesday night has been blamed on a drug operation involving marijuana and butane.

An 18-year-old woman and two men, ages 20 and 21, were inside the multi-family home at 22 Astle St. Tuesday night when the building exploded and caught on fire.

Fire officials confirmed Wednesday that someone in the home was trying to extract THC from marijuana when an ignition source came in contact with vapors, causing the explosion.

“The buildup of butane vapors within the apartment came in contact with an ignition source and an explosion ensued,” Tewksbury Fire Chief Michael Hazel said. “The process was being performed on and around an electric stove within the apartment. A number of full and empty and butane cylinders were found at the scene. This was a very dangerous situation for the residents and the firefighters.”

All three victims suffered serious injuries.

“There are burns about the face, head, arms and hands,” Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan said.

Police are investigating reports that two people were seen running from the home after the explosion.

The home has natural gas service, but investigators have ruled it out, saying it was not the cause of the fire.

“There’s going to be no one going back in the dwelling afterward. All the windows are blown off the frame, and the roof collapsed. The fire spread to the attic of the residence,” Sheehan said.

Six people, including the three victims, were displaced.


3 people seriously injured in Astle Street blast

TEWKSBURY, Mass. — Investigators are searching for the cause of a house explosion in Tewksbury that injured three people late Tuesday night.

An 18-year-old woman and two men, ages 20 and 21, were inside the multi-family home at 22 Astle St. Tuesday night when the building exploded and caught on fire. All three victims suffered serious injuries.

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“There are burns about the face, head, arms and hands,” Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan said.

Police are investigating reports that two people were seen running from the home after the explosion.

The home has natural gas service, but investigators have ruled it out, saying it was not the cause of the fire.

“There’s going to be no one going back in the dwelling afterward. All the windows are blown off the frame, and the roof collapsed. The fire spread to the attic of the residence,” Sheehan said.

Six people, including the three victims, were displaced.


Medflight brings injured to local hospital 

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TEWKSBURY, Mass. — Emergency crews in Tewksbury are investigating reports of a fire and house explosion.

Fire officials said the two-alarm fire was reported at 22 Astle Street and at least three injuries have been reported.

A Medflight was called to the area to transport those who are injured  to a hospital to be treated for facial and head burns, officials said.

No other information was released by officials.


Flames reported at home on Mooresville Road

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Two people were killed Monday in a house explosion in Manchester, fire officials said.

The first firefighters on Mooresville Road saw a ranch-style home fully engulfed in flames.

Two people were killed in the blast, according to fire officials.

There was no immediate word on other injuries.

NewsCenter 5 and wcvb.com will have more details as they are available.


Flames reported at home on Mooresville Road

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Emergency crews are responding to reports of a house explosion in Manchester on Monday.

The first firefighters on Mooresville Road saw a ranch-style home fully engulfed in flames.

There was no immediate word on injuries.

NewsCenter 5 and wcvb.com will have more details as they are available.


3 rescued in Rhode Island home explosion

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One person was injured Tuesday in a home explosion in Pawtucket.

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The explosion occurred on Mineral Spring Avenue just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

“She said it sounded like an earthquake. It was a loud explosion, the house shook,” said resident Eselda Major.

Her daughter’s family escaped unhurt from the first floor of the home after the triple decker exploded. She said her daughter’s boyfriend went back in to help others trapped inside.

“Checked to see if anyone was on the second floor, kicked the door down, nobody was there. Then we went upstairs and another guy got them out upstairs, then I grabbed the baby and went outside,” said Eric Silva.

The other person who ran to help was off-duty Providence firefighter Jermaine Woods. He happened to be in the area celebrating his dad’s birthday.

“The man trying to get to them, and then, he covers them so nothing happens to them,” neighbor Anny Alvarez said.

Three people on the third floor were rescued: a baby, a woman and a man, who was the most badly hurt.

“They were doing some cooking. The dad who was in the area has third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebein.

While firefighters managed to keep the flames from spreading, they say the help from Good Samaritans really saved the day.

“There’s good in all people and I think all people act and perform in a heroic effort whenever other people are in danger” said Pawtucket Fire Chief William Sisson.

There was no immediate word on a cause.

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