A woman's body was found among the remains of a house that exploded in Hunterdon County, N.J., earlier this morning, state police said.
A neighbor reported the explosion, which occurred about 7 a.m. in the borough of Hampton in the Northwestern part of the state, on the first block of New Street.
The woman's body, which was found in the debris about 11 a.m., has yet to be identified, said Sgt. Adam Grossman, New Jersey State Police information officer.
The woman was likely a tenant who lived in the basement of the home, state police said.
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
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While police are not ruling out the possibility of a gas leak-related cause, several large propane tanks were reported around or on the home's property.
"This is a very small-knit community, today is the first day of school, there's lots of hope and inspiration this morning as kids got ready to go to school, and now the community is left to deal with the devastation of this explosion," Kearns said. "But the community has already come together."