HANCOCK, Md. (AP) — The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office says it’s investigating the cause of a fiery explosion that destroyed a home in rural western Maryland.

There are no reports of injuries in the incident Thursday morning on Hollow Road near Hancock, about 80 miles northwest of Baltimore.

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Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch says firefighters were still battling the blaze at noon, about three hours after the explosion was reported.

The fire marshal’s office says in a statement that a female occupant was inside the two-story home but escaped without injury. The agency says an off-duty Maryland State Police trooper who lives nearby assisted her.

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Photos by The Herald-Mail newspaper of Hagerstown (http://bit.ly/2bCD0BI ) show the smoking ruins of a building reduced to rubble.

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