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WICKLIFFE, Ohio (WJW) – Firefighters were called to the scene of a fatal garage explosion in Wickliffe Sunday morning.

It happened just before 11 a.m. in the 1700 block of Ridgeview Drive.

According to fire officials, one person who lived in the home was killed in the explosion. The victim was the only person believed to be home at the time.

The victim’s identity hasn’t been released.

“It kind of like, rocked the house and sounded like fireworks going off,” said neighbor Charnae Jones recalling the moment of the explosion.

The fire chief says the cause of the explosion is under investigation, but he did warn residents to be careful with what you have in your homes, especially something that could be explosive like fireworks or propane. 

“Fire and police were on the scene within minutes,” Wickliffe Fire Chief James Powers said. “They found a garage that was fully involved in fire from what appeared to be a pretty significant explosion. It doesn’t appear suspicious, other than a terrible thing that went wrong.”

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According to the fire chief, the explosion luckily didn’t impact other homes and cause more injuries, but any loss of life is a tragedy.

No further information has been released at this time. Check back for updates on this developing story.