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Fatal July house explosion ruled homicide

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NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

A July house explosion in the 700 block of Thrush was ruled a homicide Tuesday.

Police said Jordon Boyce, 18, was killed when the home exploded around 10:15 p.m. on July 16.

Police said no suspect information is known at this time.

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One person has died after a home exploded in north St. Louis last week.

On July 16, Firefighters rescued two people from under rubble after a home exploded near the intersection of Broadway and Thrush around 10:15 p.m.

Firefighters said the fire spread to two nearby homes. One home was completely destroyed. Firefighters evacuated all other homes on the block as they worked to secure the scene.

Two men were trapped underneath rubble, but were eventually rescued by firefighters. Firefighters said both suffered burns. Jordan Boyce, 18, was found lying in the street and 21-year-old was found under the exploded home's rubble. The two victims were taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Boyce was pronounced dead less than a week after the explosion.

Witnesses described the scene as something they would have seen in an action movie.

One witness told News 4 she was in her car, parked near the area of the explosion, when she heard a loud noise and saw debris falling in all directions. She said after the home exploded, the fire quickly spread to two other nearby homes. In total, firefighters said 11 homes sustained damage.

A man said he was far away from the scene when the building he was in shook.

“We got debris in the parking lot which is three blocks away, in our parking lot, and when I got over here, the house was completely gone and we had two houses with fire coming out of the roof,” said Robert Cotton.

More than 80 firefighters were called to the scene.

The cause of the explosion was natural gas, but gas has been turned off in the home for more than a month. The investigation, which is being conducted by the St. Louis City Police Department and the County Bomb and Arson Squad, has been ruled a criminal investigation. 

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