Last night, a home in Port Washington, Long Island went up in flames after an explosion. A woman and child were able to escape, but police say a body was found near the house.
According to Newsday, the fire started just before 9 p.m.—and police were already on the property for a domestic call:
"'As they led the individuals to safety the detached garage exploded and burst into flames,' Nassau police said in a statement released Wednesday.
Police did not say Wednesday if the domestic call is the focus of an ongoing probe by arson and homicide investigators into the cause of the explosion and the fast-moving fire that followed. The explosion and fire destroyed a detached garage or "carriage house" and the concussion from the blast was reportedly felt by residents in towns more than a mile away.
One witness described a fireball that was 30 feet tall. Neighbors felt their homes shake and worried the fire would spread to other houses.