- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say one person was killed when a home exploded near Tahlequah in northeastern Oklahoma.

State Fire Marshal’s Chief of Operations Terry Ferrel says the victim is a man believed to be in his 60s. No name has been released.

Cherokee County sheriff’s investigator Larry Lane told reporters that the man’s body was found in the rubble of the home and the cause of the blast is under investigation, but he said a leaking propane tank is suspected.

The explosion was reported shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday just east of Tahlequah.

Tahlequah firefighters, Cherokee County emergency management officials and sheriff’s deputies, the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the state Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the blast.

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