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Man Who Was Killed In House Explosion, Identified

October 5, 2021

From Allegany Co State Police:

On October 2, 2021 at 12:15 P.M., Troopers out of SP Amity were dispatched to a possible house fire/explosion on County Route 18 in the town of Alma. The residence is completely demolished/engulfed. The NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation and multiple fire departments are on scene.

UPDATE- 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.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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