Authorities said an explosion and fire that destroyed a home in Taunton, Massachusetts, was caused by an accidental gas leak after the homeowner attempted to make repairs.
Police said 52-year-old Laurie Beliveau escaped her home unscathed late Sunday afternoon.
The blaze destroyed the single-family home at 40 Christine Lane after firefighters arrived. The flames have since been extinguished.
Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said Beliveau was attempting a repair on her gas-fueled hot-water heater and disconnected the gas valve, allowing gas to seep into the basement.
This gas was then ignited by an unknown source.
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Beliveau was uninjured in the incident, but the home is a complete loss.