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Couple safe after their home explodes in Coventry

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COVENTRY, R.I. -

Fire and an explosion gutted a home in the Westwood Estates neighborhood in Coventry on Friday night.

No injuries were reported.

However, for about two hours, there was concern that a man who lives in the home may have been inside and did not get out.

Instead, he came walking down the street to find his home burnt and surrounded by firefighters who had been looking for him in the rubble, given the possibility that he was inside.

The fire started a little before 5 p.m.

"I heard an implosion. It rocked the neighborhood. I looked out the door and saw his house on fire. I just ran to it, kicked the front door, looking for him and I got thrown on my back by the backdraft. I would see if I could hear him, either end of the house. I didn't hear a word, a scream, or nothing, but the house burning," said neighbor Max Bergstrom.

Firefighters arrived to heavy flames and had to deal with exploding ammunition inside the permanent mobile home.

"Live rounds being expended. Obviously not aimed anywhere but something you don't want to come in contact with," said Central Coventry Fire Chief Andrew Baynes.

After getting the fire under control, firefighters searched the rubble for any signs of the homeowner.

At 6:30 p.m., Baynes said one person was unaccounted for.

Neighbors tried to comfort the man's wife.

"She was destroyed. She was a wreck. It's understandable," Bergstrom said.

But just before 7 p.m, two hours after the fire started, the homeowner returned home to hugs from his wife and friends.

The wife told NBC 10 everyone was OK.

The chief says they're trying to determine how the fire started.

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