UPDATE: Cause of Newton Home Explosion Still Unknown

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A Newton neighborhood is shaken after a home exploded on Watson Street Friday afternoon.

85-year-old Marion Dale Ewell was home alone with the incident happened.

Neighbors say they hears a series of explosions around 2 p.m. followed by black smoke and flames.

"We were on our way to Walmart and we came around the corner and saw smoke, " explained Newton resident, Elaine Watson. "We stopped right there in front of the walkway. My husband jumped out, ran to the door and there was an explosion. It blew up and there was one explosion after another. "

Newton, Pinkard and Daleville Fire Departments responded to the scene.

Officials say that Ewell had oxygen tanks in his home. However, it is unknown if those tanks were the cause of the explosion or just added fuel to it.

Ewell was a retired army pilot and instructor. He leaves behind one son.

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Investigators say 85-year-old Marion Ewell was home alone at the time of the explosion.

Neighbors say they heard a series of explosions, then saw black smoke and flames.

The cause of the fire is unknown. However, there were oxygen tanks in the home. Investigators say those likely are the source of some of the explosions.

Ewell was a retired army pilot and instructor at Fort Rucker. He is survived by one son.

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UPDATE 3:10 PM

One person has been confirmed dead. He is 85-year-old Marion Ewell.

Units from Newton, Pinckard and Daleville are on the scene.

Officials say the fire was caused by some type of explosion.

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NEWTON, AL -- A home on Watson Street in Newton, Alabama is completely engulfed in flames. Neighbors report the home exploded early on Friday afternoon.

WTVY has a reporter on the scene, and more details will be provided as they become available.


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