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GAS LEAK BELIEVED TO HAVE CAUSED LE MARS HOUSE EXPLOSION

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THREE PEOPLE WERE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, WHEN A HOUSE EXPLODED AND BURNED WEDNESDAY MORNING IN LE MARS.

CITY FIRE RESCUE CHIEF DAVE SCHIPPER (SHIPPER) SAYS THE EXPLOSION TOOK PLACE AROUND 6:35 A.M. :

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THREE PEOPLE WERE IN THE HOME WHEN THE EXPLOSION OCCURRED:

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SCHIPPER SAYS THE INVESTIGATION POINTS TO A POSSIBLE GAS LEAK AS THE CAUSE OF THE POWERFUL EXPLOSION, WHICH WAS HEARD THROUGHOUT THE CITY, RATTLING SEVERAL BUILDINGS:

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THE EXPLOSION ALSO CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO NEARBY HOMES:

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THE SECOND HOME WAS DAMAGED SO SEVERELY THAT IT TOO WAS DEMOLISHED.

BOTH HOMES WERE RENTAL PROPERTIES, OWNED BY THE SAME LANDLORD.

A THIRD HOME ALSO CAUGHT FIRE, BUT IT WAS QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED.