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Ohio House Explosion Kills 4, Treated as Possible Homicide

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An investigator approaches a house destroyed in a deadly explosion in Northfield Center Township in Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 Jan 2016 11:59 AM

A house explosion killed an Ohio family of four Monday night in in Northfield Center Township, and officials are now investigating the deaths as possible homicides.

According to CBS News, Fire Chief Frank Risko told Cleveland affiliate WOIO-TV that the explosion, which neighbors said happened around 8:30 p.m., didn't seem to have been a gas explosion, but noted a gas explosion hadn't been ruled out.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office is assisting in the investigation.

Emergency responders reportedly found the bodies of the mother and her two daughters, 8 and 12, on the first floor, while the father's body was found near the back of the house.

"There was a lot of fire, a lot of debris," said Randy Nickschinski, who lives two doors down from the family.

He said he and his son, Nate, kicked down the door of the house — freeing the family dog — and yelled for the family. No one responded, however.

"We were yelling and nothing. We were just looking everywhere," he said.

Nickschinski's daughter, Danielle, said she babysat for the family from time to time.

"They were very outgoing and nice," she said. "They always wanted to play."

"I thought it was like a firework or something, and I was going out to leave, and I see the whole house in flames," neighbor Dylan Mabin told WJW-TV.

The Associated Press reported that the Summit County medical examiner did not immediately released the names of the victims.

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