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Olathe home explosion started in garage

An explosion and fire that tore through an Olathe home Thursday night appears to have started in a minivan that was parked in a garage, investigators said.

Two adults and two teenagers in the two-story house in the 900 block of East Elizabeth Street heard the explosion and escaped safely.

The fire caused an estimated $300,000 in damages, according to the Olathe Fire Department. The explosion moved two of the garage walls and firefighters had to stabilize the structure. The minivan was destroyed.

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