Family found dead after home explosion

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Four Killed as Fire Follows Explosion in Ohio Home

A family of four was found dead following an explosion which engulfed their Ohio home in flames, officials said early Tuesday.

The Northfield Center Fire Department said crews were dispatched to the home, about 30 minutes outside Cleveland, following a report of an explosion at around 9 p.m. ET.

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Responders arrived to find the home "completely engulfed in flames" and it took almost a half-hour to bring the blaze under control, Fire Chief Frank Risko told NBC News.

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Investigators search a deadly house explosion, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Northfield Center Township, Ohio. The blast and subsequent fire happened Monday night. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Investigators search a house explosion, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Northfield Center Township, Ohio. The blast and subsequent fire happened Monday night. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Investigators search a house explosion, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Northfield Center Township, Ohio. The blast and subsequent fire happened Monday night. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Investigators search a house explosion, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Northfield Center Township, Ohio. The blast and subsequent fire happened Monday night. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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He said a total of four family members were found dead inside: a man, a woman, and their two daughters. The girls were 8 and 12 years old, he added, but did not identify the victims.

State fire marshals are investigating what caused the explosion and are working with the local gas company to determine if gas was a factor, Risko said.

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