NYS Police identify person killed in house explosion near Western New York

New York State

ALMA, N.Y. (WROC) — New York State Police Troopers confirmed one dead body was found during the investigation of a house explosion in the Town of Alma on Saturday.

In an update on Tuesday, October 6, NYS Police released the identification of the person killed and provided the latest on evidence gather during the investigation:

The deceased body has been identified as Dan Michael Church, 71 of Alma, NY.  Church lived at the residence involved in this incident. The explosion may have been caused by a natural gas leak in the crawl space of the residence.

According to state officials, there is no lead on cause of death or cause for the residential explosion at this time. The burned body was removed from the scene and sent to the Medical Examiners for identification.

Police Troopers based in Amity responded to the call of a burning building in the Town of Alma near County Road 18. Upon arrival, the residence was reported to be completely engulfed in flames and demolished.

Multiple fire departments and the NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation were called to the scene. NYSP continues to search for additional occupants.

Other details were not immediately available.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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