1 dead after house leveled in Buffalo, New York

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 utility National Grid listed 42 customers still without power as of 10 a.m.

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

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