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Fire crews recovered two bodies early Tuesday morning after an explosion and fire leveled a home in New York’s Ontario County.
The Ontario County home explosion happened at about 4:30 a.m. at 8116 Quayle Road, just off Route 20A in the Town of Richmond.
People who live as far as 5 miles away told reporters at the scene that they “heard and felt an explosion.” Guests at a nearby bed-and-breakfast said their bed jumped across the floor.
The house was obliterated. Clothing, insulation and other debris were strewn through nearby trees, upwards of 30 feet, and all over the yard.
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Two bodies found after search
The bodies of two older people who lived in the home were found a little before 8 a.m. Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson said officials have no reason to believe anyone else was inside the home at the time of the tragic incident.
The identities of the two victims have not been released, pending notification of family members.
Henderson said the bodies of the two victims were taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office to identify the pair and determine what caused their deaths.
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Investigation to be conducted
Deputies, in conjunction with the Ontario County’s Emergency Management Office, are investigating the cause and origin of the explosion.
“It’s all a process of elimination, kind of like peeling an onion back,” said Jeff Harloff, director of the emergency management office.
Flames and fire were limited to the foundation of the home and the contents of the basement, Henderson said, and crews on the scene are “de-layering all of the possible ignition sources” — such as the stove and the hot water heater — and eliminating possibilities as they investigate, Harloff said.
“The process is quite tedious and will take several hours,” he said.
Henderson, however, said the explosion appears to be an accident because the propane tank supplying the house and the pipes appears to be fine.
Farmington explosion: Third firefighter leaves hospital
From Bangor Daily News in Maine: A third firefighter who was injured in last week’s Farmington explosion was released from a Portland hospital.
Theodore Baxter was released Monday from Maine Medical Center, where he had been treated since suffering critical injuries in the Sept. 16 gas explosion on Farmington Falls Road, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Baxter’s son, captain Scott Baxter, is still hospitalized in serious condition, and fire chief Terry Bell is listed in fair condition, the spokesperson said. Both firefighters were critically injured in the blast.
Captain Timothy Hardy was released from Maine Medical Center on Thursday, and deputy chief Clyde Ross was treated and released from a Farmington hospital the day of the explosion.
An explosion leveled a two-story building that housed the central offices for the nonprofit LEAP Inc., which serves adults with developmental disabilities at 313 Farmington Falls Road — also known as Route 2 — a little after 8 a.m. Sept. 16. The powerful explosion could be heard from as far away as Livermore, which is more than 30 miles to the southwest.
The blast killed Farmington fire captain Michael Bell, 68, a 30-year veteran of the department and brother of Terry Bell. The firefighters had been called to LEAP’s offices because of a propane leak.
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