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German police arrest suspect in Dortmund house explosion

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/04/2017
Cranes stand in front of an apartment building which was destroyed in an explosion on the previous day in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, April 1, 2017. One person died in the explosion in the building. Rescue forces found the body of a female resident on Saturday morning. ( Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP) © The Associated Press Cranes stand in front of an apartment building which was destroyed in an explosion on the previous day in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, April 1, 2017. One person died in the explosion in the building. Rescue forces found the body of a female resident on Saturday morning. ( Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)

BERLIN — German prosecutors say they've arrested a 48-year-old man on charges of murder on allegations he set off an explosion in a multi-family home in the western city of Dortmund that blew the building apart and left one resident dead.

Prosecutor Sandra Luecke told the dpa news agency on Saturday that the suspect, whose identity wasn't released, was so badly injured in the explosion that authorities have not yet been able to question him.

It's not yet clear what caused the Friday morning explosion, although Luecke says there were indications it was gas. The force of the blast blew the roof and the two top floors off of the house, and damaged adjacent buildings and vehicles on the street.

The 36-year-old victim's body was found early Saturday among the rubble.

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