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Police: Cause of death changed to 'homicide' for victims of Salem home explosion


SALEM, N.Y. - The New York State Police Department says Wednesday that death certificates issued after the July 2011 home explosion in Salem have been amended to rule "homicide" as the cause of death.

State police say an investigation into the explosion that occurred on July 13, 2011 in Salem continues, though after a very thorough three month examination of all the evidence in this case, Dr. Michael Sikirica has amended the death certificates of the autopsies he conducted to "homicide" as the manner of death.

The New York State Police and the Washington County District Attorney's Office continue to work together and move forward on this investigation.

Six people, ages ranging from 2-months-old to 41-years-old, died after a home exploded at 4372 Route 29 near the intersection at Route 22 in Salem. Five others were injured who were at the home at the time of the explosion. Police in Washington County say they believe the incident was caused by a gas explosion.

There is no further information at this time.

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