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Investigators Search For Cause in Alfred Apartment Complex Explosion

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Cleanup got underway Monday following an explosion at an apartment complex in Alfred Sunday evening. The explosion left two people injured and more than 30 homeless. As YNN's Mark Goshgarian explains, Allegany County fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the blast.

ALFRED, N.Y. — "I was really, really scared, I thought I was going to die," said Jessica Hussar, student.

Hussar is a student at Alfred University and was in her apartment at the Rose Apartment complex when she felt the blast.

"It felt kinda like what I would imagine an earthquake to be, and I got knocked off my chair, I got underneath my kitchen table because I thought more of ceiling would cave in, because part of the ceiling already caved in," said Hussar.

She then grabbed her cell phone and called 911.

"They told me to open the door but the door was jammed, I couldn't open it, and by that time firemen came, so I was just yelling for help when they knocked the door in and I got out of the building," said Hussar.

Two people suffered minor injuries in Sunday night's explosion. Several others were evacuated safely.

"When I came here the first thing that I was amazed that nobody was hurt worse than they were, or even killed," said Timothy O'Grady, Alfred Police Chief.

"The structural instability of the building is our big, primary concern," said Jeff Luckey, Allegany County Fire Coordinator.

Luckey and crew were back on scene Monday digging through debris, trying to piece together what ignited the explosion.

"The indicator is some sort of gas explosion, it's a characteristic of a normal gas explosion, or what you would find after a gas explosion," said Luckey.

As crews continue to pick up the pieces and investigators work to pinpoint a cause, residents like Hussar will now have to pick up the pieces of their lives as well.

"I guess I'm going to have to find another apartment, I have to finish out the year, its my last year here," said Hussar.

No word yet when or if tenants will be allowed to return.

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