Explosion, fire destroy Derry guest house

Fire engulfs the guest house at 2793 Winhall Hollow Road. Photo by Judy Cobb.

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An unoccupied guest house on a farm at 2843 Winhall Hollow Road in Londonderry exploded and burst into flames shortly before 10 a.m. this morning, bringing in firefighters from as far away as Rockingham and Manchester.

No one was injured.

The guest house, designated 2793 Winhall Hollow Road, was just one of several buildings on the property, owned by Elizabeth and Tim Dugan, of Chicago.

According to the caretaker, Doug Stevens, he had just driven up to the sugar house when the explosion blew the roof off the building. Workers in the barn thought that Stevens had just entered the house and came running to help him.

Stevens then called 9-1-1.

Stevens speculated that an undetected propane gas leak may have caused the explosion, since the house had been unoccupied.

The Chester Telegraph will have more information as this story develops.


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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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