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Update: House Explosion in Elizabeth Turns Fatal


A morning explosion at an Elizabeth home remains the scene of an active search and rescue after at least one person was confirmed dead and 16 others were rescued from the home.

Crews responded to the 1000 block of Magnolia Avenue for a house explosion that was heard and felt by area residents blocks away at approximately 8 a.m., demolishing two houses on each side. All three houses were new construction, according to officials.

Upon arrival, a woman with children were seen exiting one of the damaged homes while several others remained trapped inside the home where the explosion occurred.

As the crews continued searching, the second floor of a home collapsed.

The area is cordoned off in a three block zone stretching from route 1 and 9 to Madison Avenue as county response included Hazmat continue to monitor air quality.

At this time, officials confirmed that a total of 16 people were rescued. Two are listed in critical condition while one person was confirmed dead.

A severely injured family dog was also rescued from the home, it's condition is unknown.

More than 100 emergency responders countywide responded to the scene.

According to Sebastian D'Elia, county spokesman, "Some residents were thrown out of bed from explosion."

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