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Body found after house explosion on Illinois Street

August 22, 2019 12:10 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — One person is dead after an explosion leveled a house on Illinois Street on Rochester's east side. 

Rochester Fire Chief Willie Jackson said RG&E responded to the smell of gas outside the home around 7:30 p.m Wednesday. The utility crew noticed a man inside, but he refused to come out. The home exploded shortly afterward.

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Fire crews recovered the body of a man from the basement hours after the explosion. Firefighters were told by neighbors the man had a dog, but Jackson says a dog was not found in the rubble.

The man's identity has not yet been released.

Fourteen houses in the area were evacuated. Two of those homes have severe damage and will be inspected by the City’s Building Bureau. Several others have minor damage such as broken windows. 

Neighbors who live two blocks away on Minnesota Street told News10NBC they could feel the walls of their house shake during the explosion. 

No first responders or neighbors were injured. The cause of the blast is under investigation.

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This is a developing story. News10NBC will provide more details as they become available.

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