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Exploding ordnance ‘gunfire’ as two people die in US house explosion

By Vaseline May30,2024

Two people died when a house exploded and caught fire in southern Wisconsin, and authorities believe gunfire reported by neighbors occurred when the flames ignited ammunition stored in the house.

One person was found dead in the ruins of the house after it exploded just outside the town of Middleton, and a second body was found the next day, Middleton Fire Chief Aaron Harris said.

There were no additional people in the home, but Harris said a dog that survived the explosion was found alive, checked at a veterinary clinic and determined to be in good condition.

Harris said the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office would release the names of the two people after autopsies.

Images posted by local media show the destroyed house in flames after the explosion, which left a window and other debris scattered nearby.

“The house collapsed immediately after the explosion and there was a large field of rubble,” Harris said.

Emergency responders go to the scene of the house explosion.

“After the explosion, a very large fire broke out.”

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, said Harris and Elise Schaffer, spokesperson for the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

Harris said the exploded home is in a rural area nearly four miles north of downtown Middleton.

That city is located about 6 miles northwest of Madison.

The sheriff’s office said in a news release that the fire “may have caused ammunition to explode in the home,” causing some nearby residents to report the sound of gunshots.

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