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1 killed in Fontana house explosion

February 17, 2012 | 10:30 am

 One person died in an explosive Fontana house fire that authorities believe was intentional.

Powerful explosions triggered by the 9:15 p.m. fire Thursday sent the garage door of the two-story home on the 14400 block of Southwood Drive flying 40 feet into the street.

It blew out all the windows and flung tiles off the roof. Houses on both sides of the home were damaged.

Neighbors told KTLA-TV a father, mother and four children lived in the home. The mother and children were not believed to be in the house during the fire.

Neighbors said the couple may have been considering divorce.

“They’re saying that they were fighting,” one neighbor told KTLA-TV. “And that the guy, because he got mad for the divorce, he’s all like, ‘I’m going to burn the house down.’ ”

Police, who continued to investigate, have not identified the victim, but neighbors said the father was unaccounted for.

Police suspect an intentional gas leak provoked the fire. It took about 40 firefighters about 35 minutes to put out the blaze, which completely destroyed the home.

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