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Federal team investigating fatal Dallas house explosion

DALLAS – Federal authorities have launched an investigation into a suspected natural gas leak caused an explosion in a recently renovated house in Dallas, the killing of a 12-year-old girl and injuring four other members of her family.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a three-person team Sunday to watch the explosion. Firefighters Friday found the house broken, but no fire. Four injured were in the front yard and one of them held the unconscious girl. Authorities say Linda Rogers was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Two other gas-related problems were reported last week near where a construction crew has worked. Officials of the city on Saturday lifted a mandatory evacuation order for about 300 families in the area, but natural gas service was suspended.

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