Body of missing man found in debris of Thornton home that exploded


Crews continued working on the scene of a home that exploded in Thornton on Friday, June 20, 2014. (Credit: Mark Meredith)

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THORNTON, Colo. -- The body of the man who had been unaccounted for after a massive house explosion in Thornton was recovered Friday morning, the Thornton Fire Department said.

Crews with cadaver dogs searched through the rubble of the home looking for the man's body late Thursday night then returned Friday morning.

The homeowner told police there was a vehicle at the house that indicated a person was inside at the time of the explosion. The man's body was found in the basement of the home.

The home, located at 13072 Monroe Drive, was obliterated, spraying debris more than a block away and showering pink insulation onto rooftops.

The Thornton Fire Department confirmed a structure fire in the area about 3:06 p.m. Thursday, while witnesses reported feeling the ground shake and seeing a smoke plume at the same time.

RAW VIDEO: Explosion rocks Thornton neighborhood

Neighboring homes showed signs of serious damage. Utilities and fire officials were trying to determine whether the explosion was caused by gas or something else.


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