Salem home explodes as police respond to call, neighbor says man at home shot gun at officers
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SALEM — Police responded to a Salem home for a complaint of possible human activity inside when the house exploded, blowing out the windows.
The report came in Monday around 5:14 p.m. regarding the 20 Irving St. home.
Upon arrival, officers approached the home and immediately heard a hissing noise and smelled the odor of gas, police said. They began to back away from the home when they heard a loud explosion and watched the windows blow out. Police said the house then began to smoke and eventually became engulfed in flames.
Officers surrounded the house and the Salem Fire Department responded. The Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit was also called out.
None of the officers faced injuries, but it is unknown at this time if someone was in the home.
A woman who lives in a nearby neighborhood said she heard six gun shots coming from the scene as well. She claimed a roughly 70-year-old man who lived at the allegedly condemned house started shooting at the officers before returning back to the home, where it subsequently exploded.
The scene is active and further information is forthcoming, police said.
Any witnesses to this incident are asked to call 603-893-1911.