Police: House leveled in NW Ind. explosion

Few details released

LOWELL, Ind. - Authorities in northwestern Indiana say a man has been found dead after an explosion leveled one home and damaged a nearby house.

   The Lake County coroner's office says the man's body was found at the scene of Monday night's blast along Indiana 2 near the town of Lowell but information about his identity wasn't immediately released.

   Lowell Fire Chief Clint Gorball tells The Times of Munster that when emergency crews arrived one home was leveled with debris scattered as far as 75 yards away and a neighboring house was engulfed in flames.

   Gorball says a man missing after the explosion was a neighbor who was house-sitting at the home about 20 miles south of Gary.

   Officials were investigating what caused the explosion.

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