1 dead in Superior house explosion, cause of blast under investigation

The explosion happened around 10:50 a.m. Sunday.
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One person died and a house was destroyed in an explosion and fire Sunday morning in Superior, Wisconsin. 

According to Superior Police Department, a man believed to be the only person inside the home died in the explosion and fire at 2219 N. 22nd St. The body was found inside after the flames were extinguished. 

The release notes that the explosion's cause is under investigation, but it appears to be unintentional. 

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is assisting the investigation to determine the cause of the explosion, which happened around 10:50 a.m. 

The identity of the victim is expected to be released at a later date. 

By the time Superior fire and police departments arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames. Mayo Ambulance was also involved in the initial response to the explosion. 

"A lot of you are seeing black smoke again around midtown or heard an explosion. The fire is contained to a single residence and Superior Fire has it under control," Superior Mayor Jim Paine wrote in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon. "There is no risk to the surrounding homes or neighborhood and SFD and the police are investigating the incident right now. Everything should be on the news by tonight or tomorrow."

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