BERNE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a house explosion that killed an older couple late Friday in Albany County.
Victor Porlier, 83, and Lois Porlier, 72, died in a fiery blast that leveled their home located outside Albany and was felt miles away.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation. Sheriff Craig Apple told reporters the house was engulfed in flames when first responders arrived, the Albany Times Union reported.
“Explosion shows signs of propane explosion but also there are several other pieces to factor in,” Apple told reporters.
The three-story structure was located in a secluded area off Thacher Park Road, but neighbors 5 miles (8 kilometers) away said they felt the explosion.
“The explosion rocked the whole community,” Berne Supervisor Sean Lyons told the newspaper. “There’s not a corner of the town of Berne that somebody didn’t report hearing it last night.”