Aug 4, 2015 12:00 AM
LANCASTER - Two people are dead after a tent collapsed at the Lancaster Fairgrounds during a circus performance as severe weather moved through the area.
State Fire Marshal William Degnan said an adult male and a "young girl" who were watching the 5:30 p.m. show died. According to the Associated Press, the two were father and daughter.
Officials said about 100 people were inside the tent at the time of the collapse and several people were taken to four area hospitals.
Hospital officials at Weeks Medical Center told NH1 News that 22 people arrived there for treatment in ambulances and personal vehicles.
The officials said 16 of the 22 were then taken to other area hospitals.
The Red Cross responded, checking in 27 people to the Rogers Campground and Motel.
They are working with first responders to get water, food and hotel rooms for people affected.
A storm producing 1-inch hail, 60 mph winds and severe lightening was moving through the area at the time of collapse, the National Weather Service reported.
The Walker Brothers Circus, which is based in Sarasota, Fla., had two scheduled performances at the Lancaster Fairgrounds Monday evening. The second one was scheduled for 7:30.
The fate of the circus' other shows in Vermont and New Hampshire later on this week is unclear at this time.
A phone call and email to Walker International Events went unanswered Monday night.
The victim's identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The State Fire Marshal, State Police and the Lancaster police and fire departments are investigating.
Officials are asking anyone with images or video of the event to contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at FMO@dos.nh.gov or (603) 223-4289.
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