Tragic Loss: Tree Collapse Sparks Devastating Home Explosion


Tragedy amid Storm

Derry, New Hampshire, witnessed a horrific home explosion on Thursday, claiming the life of an elderly woman and injuring a family member during a powerful nor’easter. The cause of the blast is still under investigation, but authorities suspect a fallen tree may have triggered the explosion.

Chain of Events

According to Derry Fire Chief Shawn Haggart, a call came in at 11:40 a.m. reporting a home explosion on Goodhue Road. Upon arrival, firefighters found the residence fully engulfed in flames.

“The home suffered substantial damage. The walls are blown out,” Haggarty stated, adding that debris was strewn across the roadway.

Casualties and Response

A family member of the deceased woman was rescued from the blaze and rushed to a Massachusetts hospital for burn treatment. The victim’s identity and cause of death have not yet been released.

Despite the extreme weather conditions, firefighters battled the fire with support from their partners.

Cause of Explosion

New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Sean P. Toomey suggested that a tree may have collapsed onto the home’s propane gas tank, causing the explosion and subsequent inferno. However, the investigation continues to determine the exact cause.

Safety Precautions

Toomey emphasized that propane pose potential danger and urged residents to take necessary safety measures. “We’ve identified that as the only gas that’s there,” he said.


The explosion has left the community in shock and disbelief. Fire marshal Toomey urged anyone with information to contact the state Fire Marshal’s Office at 603-223-4289.

Devastation in the Wake of Storm

The nor’easter, bringing heavy rain, sleet, snow, and wind, has caused widespread damage and power outages throughout New Hampshire and neighboring New England states.

While the cause of the explosion is still being investigated, the incident underscores the dangers that accompany severe weather events. Residents are advised to stay informed, follow safety guidelines, and report any emergencies promptly to authorities.

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