One Person Dead in Apparent Gas Explosion in Buffalo, NY

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Ryan W. Miller

USA Today

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Jul. 20—One person is believed to be dead after an apparent gas explosion Tuesday rocked a suburban neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.

Lackawanna Fire Captain Andrew Kaminski told USA TODAY that fire, arson, police and utility crews were at the scene of the explosion Tuesday morning in western New York.

Kaminski said one person, the resident of the home who has not been identified, is believed to have been killed in the explosion. He also said the cause was not yet determined but thought to be a gas explosion.

“Right now, everybody is evacuated from surrounding homes,” Kaminski said as investigators secure the area.

Local TV stations reported around 600 customers in the area lost power but it had largely been restored later in the morning. The electric utility National Grid listed 17 customers still without power as of 3 p.m.

Photos shared on social media showed the home leveled with debris around its property and nearby homes with windows broken.

A volunteer firefighter, Michael Salamone, lives across the street and told WBEN he sprang into action after seeing a white flash and debris falling.

“It looked like we had a bomb go off,” he told the local radio station.

He said an elderly woman lived in the house and her car was still in the driveway at the time of the explosion.

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