Jan 26, 2020 12:00 AM

Officials: Body found after explosion at Kansas home

Posted Jan 26, 2020 12:00 AM
The scene of the fatal house fire and explosion photo <a href="https://www.wibw.com/content/news/One-found-dead-after-explosion-fire-at-Vermillion-home-567275481.html">courtesy WIBW TV</a>
The scene of the fatal house fire and explosion photo courtesy WIBW TV

VERMILLION, KAN. (AP) — Kansas fire officials are investigating a house explosion and fire in northeastern Kansas were a body was later discovered.

The explosion was reported just after 7 a.m. Friday at a house in Vermillion, television station WIBW reported. When firefighters arrived, they found the home fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control about three hours later. A search of the burned-out home then led to discovery of the body.

Authorities have not released the identity of the victim and say they do not yet know what caused the explosion and fire. An autopsy has been ordered, the Marshall County Sheriff Office said.

The Kansas Fire Marshal is investigating.