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Man dies in northeast Indiana warehouse explosion, fire

Indiana State Police on May 22, 2021, were investigating an explosion and fire in Columbia City, Ind. (Provided Photo/ISP)

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (AP) — One man has died in a warehouse explosion in northeastern Indiana.

State Police say the explosion occurred around 9 a.m. in Columbia City, 19 miles west of Fort Wayne.

First responders found the building fully engulfed in flames, preventing the rescue of a man trapped inside.

Police say his body was recovered around 2:30 p.m. after the fire was extinguished.

The cause of the explosion and fire was believed to be related to a natural gas leak, but the State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate to determine the cause and manner of the explosion.

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