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Couple In Their 70s Killed When House Explodes In South Jersey

NEWFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say two people were killed when a house exploded in southern New Jersey early Saturday.

The Gloucester County prosecutor's office says the blast in Newfield was reported around 6:15 a.m.

CBS Philly reports that the blast originated in basement of a house on the 300 block of Oakwood Drive and caused damage to nearby homes, scattering debris over several blocks.

Family members tell CBS Philly the residents of the house were a couple in their 70s, identified as John and Carole Paladino.

"Ran down the street, noticed it was my uncle's house," said the victims' nephew Jason Paladino. "I love them. It's just tough, it really is. They were really great family. I just feel for my cousin Susan and my cousin Tony."

"They were very nice people," said Audra Manasco, who grew up next door. "We were planning a pool day next door, because he has a pool and he always lets us use his pool."

Authorities gave no immediate word on a possible cause, but add no foul play was suspected.

Neighbors tell CBS Philly there was an appliance delivery truck in the driveway Friday and they fear something may have been installed incorrectly, causing a gas leak.

The county fire marshal is investigating, along with several other agencies, including a state police arson-bomb unit, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Franklin Township police department.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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