2 killed in house explosion identified, cause determined as ‘propane leak’

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RICHMOND, N.Y. (WROC) — Two people died after a massive house explosion in the Ontario County Town of Richmond earlier this week.

Thursday, officials with the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as 80-year-old Eric Higham and 70-year-old Gail Higam.

Officials say the explosion was a result of a propane leak into the interior of the residents, but the source of ignition is still under investigation.

The explosion occurred at a house on Quayle Road around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. Two people were initially reported unaccounted for, but their bodies were recovered from the rubble around 8 a.m.

Officials say they found a propane tank that was still in one piece.

Early Tuesday morning crews were seen trucking in water.

Nearby tree tops had household items, clothes, and other debris stuck in the branches after the explosion.

Multiple departments have responded and smoke was noticeable in the air up to two miles away.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we have a crew at the scene and will continue to update this developing story.

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