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10/22/04

Investigation Continues in House Explosion

Investigators spent the day back at the scene of yesterday's house explosion on Mapmaker Lane on Whitemarsh Island. It happened a little after noon yesterday, killing one person inside. The question on everyone's mind remains, just what happened?

"There've been a lot of rumors and right now, as I've stated before, we're not ruling anything out at this point," said Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson. "It's still very early in the investigation."

Rumors have been bringing a steady stream of cars and people into the relatively quiet residential neighborhood to get a glimpse of what's left.

"It's very devastating to get a glimpse of what's left of the house, especially being a brick house," said neighbor Mark Jonas, who lives right next door to the scene.

Luckily, the Jonases' house sustained only minor damage. They say the image of their neighbor's house up in flames is still too much to bear.

"I can't believe the way the house exploded," said Michelle Jonas. "I'm picturing back what I seen yesterday with the flames and everything and the smoke in the air."

Since 9am, ATF agents along with the GBI and Savannah fire and police investigators have been at the scene looking for anything that might lead to answers.

They all agree those answers might take some time to find.

"In investigations like this," said SCMPD's Sgt. Wilson, "we have to take a slow, deliberate, and methodical process."

Police have not released the identity of the victim yet, but they do say there will be an autopsy in the next few days.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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