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Tri-State house completely leveled by explosion

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Firefighters try to contain the fire shortly after the explosion. Firefighters try to contain the fire shortly after the explosion.
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MUHLENBERG CO., KY (WFIE) -

Authorities are still trying to determine what caused an explosion that completely leveled a two-story house in Muhlenberg County.

It happened around 8:00pm Saturday on Highway 176 near Greenville.

The Kentucky Fire Marshal's Office has not yet begun its investigation of the explosion because it is still burning, as we speak. But Rudy Cundiff, the homeowner tells 14 News he isn't ruling anything out, when it comes to exactly how this happened.

"I have had threats before, and so on, and it's quite possible that somebody could have done it," Cundiff told 14 News.

The explosion happened around 8:00 p.m. Saturday on Highway 176 near Greenville, and could be heard and felt as far away as Central City, about 15 miles away. Fortunately, officials say no one was inside the home at the time. 

The chimney is about all that is left of the home. Debris was blown as far as 150 feet away.

Cundiff says the home was powered by propane, and that he is told the propane tanks may have somehow caused the explosion.

But Cundiff also says he has been threatened before, and that he believes it is possible someone blew up his house.

Right now, Cundiff says he is staying with family members, and is just trying to let the gravity of the moment settle in.

"Well, I guess, when my son died was worse, you know, than this. But that's about the only thing," Cundiff said.

14 News was the only TV station on scene as officials began their investigation shortly after the explosion. We'll have exclusive video from the scene Sunday night on 14 News at 5 and 10.

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