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House explosion victim identified

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A neighborhood on Long Island is picking up the pieces from a deadly explosion that followed a 911 call about a domestic dispute at a residential property in Port Washington.

Port Washington police officers responding to the 911 helped get a woman and a child out of the single-family home, which had a very strong odor of gasoline, authorities said. As the officers led them to safety, the detached garage exploded, police said.

One person was killed and five firefighters and one police officer were hurt, authorities said.  The victim was identified as Michael MacNeill, 48, of Port Washington.  He was identified by the Medical Examiner on Aug. 13 through DNA.

The blast all but leveled the garage behind 10 Prospect Avenue just before 9 p.m.

The explosion sent the roof of the house into the neighbor's yard and sparked a fire, which firefighters extinguished. The blast and fire also damaged neighboring properties.

"I live one block up the road. I was putting my kids to bed last night and my house shook," said a local resident.

People in the area reported smelling gas fumes prior to the blast. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

Video from SkyFoxHD showed firefighters with flashlights searching a smoldering piece of land, possibly searching for victims.

Dozens of emergency vehicles from several departments could be seen parked in the neighborhood.

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