A gas leak is the suspected source of a house explosion in Ridgefield, NJ that left one man dead.  Mark Schellack lived alone in the house on Abbott Ave. and was the only person inside when the blast occurred around 11:30 a.m. on June 17.

A fire that followed the explosion was fueled by a gas leak. Schellack, who sustained burns over 80 percent of his body, was taken to Hackensack Univesity Medical Center and then airlifted to Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston where he later died.


Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the gas leak that led to an explosion so powerful that it leveled the home trapping Schellack beneath the rubble. Aided by an off-duty police officer who happened to be in the neighborhood, police who responded to the scene were able to free him after lifting a large piece of wood creating a hole in the rubble big enough for him to crawl through.

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