Man killed in gas explosion identified

September 17, 2009 6:08:23 AM PDT
Officials identified the man found dead inside a home hours after it burned in Raleigh Tuesday. The blaze was blamed on a natural gas explosion.The fire at the house in the 1000 block of East Millbrook Road sent up smoke that was visible for miles.

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Pictures from Chopper 11 HD showed heavy damage to the structure.

On Wednesday, the man was identified as 36-year-old Miguel Angel-Montez Moreno who resided at the home. Authorities said there was no indication of foul play.

Officials said they used search dogs to go through the home and found Moreno under a brick wall that had collapsed.

A woman also inside the home at the time was able to get out safely. Officials said 11 dogs and several cats inside the structure likely got out okay too.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.

When firefighters arrived at the property, the gas meter was spinning wildly - making it appear likely that a natural gas leak caused the fire.

Officials said their investigation into how it happened would take time.

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