WEST DONEGAL TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — A man has died after a house explosion in Lancaster County, according to the coroner’s office.

“It just sounded like a war bomb went off. It was just it was horrible,” said neighbor Shirley Reigle.

A report from the coroner’s office states that a man was found underneath debris and was pronounced dead. Northwest Regional Police identified the man as 68-year-old Harvey Winters.

An autopsy was performed and according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s office Winters’ cause of death was due to smoke inhalation and thermal burns. His death was ruled an accident.

The two-alarm fire and explosion occurred during the afternoon hours of Monday, Sept. 18 along Bossler Road in the township around noon on Monday. Crews from several local fire departments, including Elizabethtown and Manheim, say they were called to help with a fire that started after an explosion.

“When I looked out the window and saw what I saw it was just like you were in a movie,” neighbor Kim Robertson said.

At this point, it is unclear what may have caused the explosion, if there was anyone else inside the home at the time of the explosion, how the victim died, or if there were any injuries. A preliminary investigation revealed that there were no suspicious circumstances, the report read.

“I was in the kitchen and my husband was in his room and we heard this horrible loud sound bang it was just it was so loud it shook the house literally the floor shook,” Reigle said.

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