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Two bodies recovered from site of explosion in Ontario County

An exhaustive search effort was undertaken by first responders in Ontario County after a blast and subsequent fire destroyed a home on Quayle Road.

Neighbors in the Town of Richmond said they heard the first blast before 5 a.m. After first responders were working on the blaze, which followed that explosion – another blast was heard.

That one came around 6:30 a.m. when first responders knew a search was imminent.

Firefighters noted two cars in the driveway; one of which had out-of-state license plates. It opened up the possibility that there could have been more than two people at home when the blast was first heard.

WHEC-TV reports that the bodies of two older people who lived at the site of the explosion were found shortly before 8 a.m. Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson tells WHEC-TV that they have no reason to believe anyone else was inside the home at the time of the explosion and fire.

First responders also noted that the home was run on propane. However, the primary propane tank appeared to not be damaged. The secondary blast that witnesses heard was likely ‘gas pockets’ in the blaze itself.

When the flames were flattened the scene was grim. Clothing and other personal items could be seen hanging in nearby trees, which was likely caused by the initial blast.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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