Three firefighters were injured fighting a 2-alarm house fire in Derry, N.H., Monday evening, authorities said.

The fire broke out in the 2 1/2 story single family home at 12 Eastman Drive and quickly spread, destroying the home.

The homeowners were not home at the time, but two visitors were inside the house when the fire broke out. They were able to escape safely.

Firefighters tried to attack the fire from the inside, hoping to save the house, but they were quickly driven out after a flashover consumed the entire first floor, said Derry Battalion Chief Michael E. Doyle in a statement.

“Crews then went to defensive operations and Command called for a second alarm,” Doyle said.

A family pet died in the fire.

Two firefighters were evaluated at the scene for burns to the head and face and one was taken to an area hospital with difficulty breathing, Doyle said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Doyle said the fire was not suspicious.

Crews from Auburn, Hudson, Londonderry, Manchester, Salem and Windham helped battle the fire. Crews from the Raymond, Hooksett, Danville and Pelham Fire Departments covered Derry during the fire.

The fire occurred in an area without fire hydrants and required tanker trucks from Atkinson, Auburn, Chester, Hampstead, Sandown, and Windham.

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