Father, daughter dead in collapse of NH circus tent

Tent collapse response scene, Lancaster, New Hampshire, Aug 3, 2015.
Police and emergency responders surround the scene of a tent collapse in Lancaster, N.H., Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Authorities say the circus tent collapsed when a severe storm raked the New Hampshire fairground. (Sebastian Fuentes via AP)

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan says the two people who were killed when a circus tent collapsed during a storm were a father and daughter.

Their names have not been released. Hassan said authorities are still getting information as to how many people have been hurt in the collapse Monday. Authorities said Monday night that at least 22 people were injured.

Authorities also are looking at how the tent was put up at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the capital of Concord. They also were talking to survivors and witnesses.

Fire Marshal William Degnan said it was the first time his agency had investigated a tent collapse.

The storm, packing 60 mph wind gusts and one-inch hail, blew through around 5:30 p.m. Monday, just as the first of two scheduled shows was beginning.

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