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RIPLEY – A Lakeview Avenue home was destroyed in an explosion late Monday morning, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and fire officials reported.

The family’s pet dog suffered minor burns in the fire.

Four fire departments were called to the scene after the fire was reported about 11:30 a.m.

No one was home at the time.

It is believed gas was responsible for the explosion but the cause is still under investigation.

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