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Detroit house explosion possibly caused by natural gas leak

August 7, 2019
Detroit firefighters work an explosion at a home on Detroit's east side Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Fire officials in Detroit are investigating the cause of the explosion that collapsed a home Tuesday afternoon and an ensuing fire scorched at least one neighboring house. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Corey Williams)
Detroit firefighters work an explosion at a home on Detroit's east side Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Fire officials in Detroit are investigating the cause of the explosion that collapsed a home Tuesday afternoon and an ensuing fire scorched at least one neighboring house. No injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Corey Williams)

DETROIT (AP) — A natural gas leak -- possibly from a defective appliance -- is being blamed on an explosion and fire that destroyed a Detroit home and damaged two adjacent houses.

The Detroit Free Press reports Wednesday that fire officials say the gas leak was inside the eastside home.

The explosion occurred Tuesday afternoon. No one was believed to be living in the house at the time.

DTE Energy said Tuesday that the leak was not from any of the utility’s equipment in the area.

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