DERRY — Firefighters were called to a home at 151 Bypass 28 at about 2 a.m. Monday for a reported explosion and subsequent fire. It’s the same home that police responded to several weeks ago to investigate a murder.
The fire early Monday took an hour to extinguish, according to a press release from the Derry Fire Department. Firefighters were called in from Londonderry and Windham to help stop the blaze, the statement said.
No one was injured, but the home was destroyed.
The first firetruck was on the scene within 2-1/2 minutes after a 911 call came in, according to the department. Because of the scope of the blaze, firefighters were on the defense to ensure it didn’t spread further.
This was the second time this month first responders were called to the home in the middle of the night.
Just after midnight Aug. 10, police said they found Ellen Munstis, 74, dead of a gunshot would there.
The victim’s husband, Roderick Munstis, 79, had called 911 and when police arrived they found his wife’s body.
However, according to court documents filed in Superior Court, Munstis said he lived alone at the home. He was arrested for the murder shortly after calling police.
Munstis pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Aug. 12. Court documents say he is held in protective custody in Rockingham County Jail in Brentwood.
The affidavit and arrest warrant in the case have been sealed, meaning they cannot be viewed by the public or members of the press.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Ben Agati could not speak to the type of gun used in the crime or how many shots were fired, he said earlier this month. Agati also could not speak to motive.
The fire is currently being investigated by the Fire Prevention Bureau, Derry Police and the New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s Office.