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1 Dead, 1 Missing After Springs Home Explosion

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4/AP) - One person is dead one remains unaccounted for after a home exploded in Colorado Springs.

Investigators were sifting through the remains of the home on Wednesday.

It exploded late Tuesday, waking neighbors and sending up flames visible a mile away.

“Definitely the most shocking thing I’ve ever seen,” witness Brandon Rosenberg said. “It was just down to the actual wood of the house and nothing else. It was just devastating.”

The sound of the explosion woke people from their sleep around midnight.

“We heard a real loud boom. It sounded like a bomb to me,” neighbor Fred Fyinn said.

“The second explosion, it blew up. When it went off it blew through the doors … the whole front wall of the house flew off,” neighbor Ron Sanders, Jr. said.

One body was found in an upper bedroom on Wednesday evening, but crews were still searching for another person who is unaccounted for.

Neighbor Ron Sanders Sr. said the vehicles belonging to the home’s residents, a 74-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man, were parked at the house at the time. Neighbors said the residents are Edna Ainbinder and son.

“Lost a good friend. She knew me ever since I was growing up through teens, came to my graduation, birthday, was always around for family functions,” Sanders, Jr. said.

Another neighbor, Eddie Trujillo, said he heard a loud boom and felt his windows shake. Others who were blocks away also reported feeling their houses shake.

Firefighters first battled the flames, then waited for hours for the area to cool before they could go inside.

The cause of the explosion isn’t known yet.

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