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Amityville Near-Death Experience

Dec. 29 2008, Updated 12:13 p.m. ET

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In Amityville, New York, just across a narrow inlet of the Great South Bay -- site of a famed 1970s haunting immortalized in a series of films -- a family has endured a new and deadly shocker.

A 2-story home on Meadow Lane was suddenly destroyed Sunday, sending pieces of wood and furniture in all directions and crushing a car with a blown-off roof.

Owner Rich Brown says he lost virtually everything in the blast except what matters most: his girlfriend and his 10 year-old twins.

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As yet, authorities have no explanation for the afternoon explosion. We won't suggest the obvious....


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