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FIRE CHIEF: Three injured, no official cause in Little Falls home explosion

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y.-- The chief of the Little Falls fire department confirms three people were reported to have injuries during Wednesday afternoon's home explosion on West Main Street.

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 1:29 AM
Updated: Feb 15, 2018 1:37 AM

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y.-- The chief of the Little Falls fire department confirms three people were reported to have injuries during Wednesday afternoon's home explosion on West Main Street.

Robert Parese could not confirm the severity of the injuries, but was able to confirm there were no fatalities. As for the cause of the explosion, Parese said it's still too early to tell.

"We're still looking into a bunch of different things at this point, nothing really conclusive right now," Parese said.

By 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, residents evacuated from the street were allowed back in their homes, and power was restored. Seven families who lived closest to the explosion are still displaced and are receiving help from the Red Cross.

Shawn and Richelle Devereese own the home that exploded, but they and their two children were not in the structure at the time.

"I was home all morning, never smelled anything," Richelle said.

"I got out of work early so we could go do a few errands," Shawn said.

"And it exploded about 10 to 15 minutes before we came home," Richelle said. "We got to pray, we got to praise the lord, we got to thank God, get down on my knees."

The superintendent for the Little Falls City School District confirms no children in their district were hurt, though several may be affected by the debris.

"We actually kept the students at the school for a safe location," Keith Levatino, LFCSD superintendent said. "And then we contacted all parents or guardians. Either they were picked up or they were walked home. So everyone is home safe from the school district."

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