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Florence police: 1 dead in early morning house fire

The Florence Police Department says one person is dead after a Monday morning house fire.

Posted: Apr 22, 2019 11:31 AM
Updated: Apr 22, 2019 6:53 PM

The Florence Police Department says one person is dead after a Monday morning house fire.

The police department said the call came in a little after 2 a.m. Monday. The department is working with both the Florence Fire Department and the state Fire Marshall’s office.

Florence Fire Officials told WAAY 31 they have evidence to indicate some type of explosion happened at the home on Stewart Avenue. Multiple residents in the area also reported hearing some type of loud boom.

"I thought it was thunder and I commented to my wife, 'I didn't know we were going to have bad weather,' and then I heard another boom right after it," said Jeff Hodges, who lives a few houses away from the home that caught on fire. "Even though it was three houses away from us, you could see the glow. It was a huge fire at that point."

Florence Fire officials said the fire did damage some surrounding homes' siding. Right now, they don't know how the fire started. 

Officials have not released the name of the victim, pending autopsy results and notifying next of kin.

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