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Body recovered from rubble of Rochester house that exploded

August 22, 2019

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Firefighters have recovered a body from the basement of a Rochester house that exploded.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that searchers found the unidentified body shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Rochester Fire Chief Willie Jackson says the medical examiner will conduct an autopsy.

The explosion happened about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and completely leveled the house.

The cause of the blast is under investigation. Jackson said a Rochester Gas & Electric crew was called to the scene before the explosion when a neighbor reported smelling gas.

The Democrat and Chronicle says a neighbor reported the sound of barking dog coming from the house and said he saw someone enter the home.

Jackson said firefighters have not found a dog in the rubble.

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Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, http://www.democratandchronicle.com