House leveled by explosion on Illinois St. in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Firefighters are on the scene of an explosion that leveled a home in Rochester.

Fire crews responded to a home on Illinois Street, near Atlantic Avenue, just before 7:30 Wednesday night. They were contacted by RG&E workers who were responding to a report of an odor of natural gas. Shortly after firefighters arrived, the house exploded.

A home on Illinois Street, on Rochester’s east side, exploded around 7:30 Wednesday night.

People in the area told first responders that there was someone inside the home when the explosion occurred. Structural collapse teams did locate a body in the basement of the home but the identity of that person has not been released.

People who live nearby say they heard a loud bang and felt their walls shake. The force of the explosion was felt by people as much as a mile away.

Illinois Street was shut down and 14 nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution. The exact cause of the explosion is under investigation.

This is a developing situation and News 8 will update this story as more information becomes available.

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