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Man killed in fire at his rural upstate NY home

By The Associated Press

CANDOR, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say an 80-year-old man has died in an explosion and fire at his rural upstate New York home.
   
A neighbor tells the Binghamton Sun and Press-Bulletin that she heard an explosion around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday at James Roberts' house in the Tioga County town of Candor, 25 miles northwest of Binghamton.
   
A neighbor and Roberts' son attempted to get into the burning home but were kept away by a second explosion. The elder man died in the blaze.
   
The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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