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Delmar explosions still under investigation

Police are still investigating a series of explosions and a subsequent fire that consumed a Delmar house and sent a teen to the hospital on Dec. 19.

It continues to be investigated as a tragic incident, said Bethlehem Police Lt. Thomas Heffernan. "There's nothing else that can be released at this point."

Area police, fire and emergency responders converged on 151 Adams Place that Saturday after receiving reports of explosions. Responders pulled 15-year-old Keenan Sanchez from the home, and he was later transported to the Westchester Medical Center Burn Unit for treatment.

Hospital spokesman David Billig said that Sanchez's condition has been upgraded to "good," and he remains in the burn unit"the teen was brought into the hospital in critical condition. Billig declined to comment on any injuries Sanchez might have sustained.

Police said that it has been determined that Sanchez was in the basement at the time of the first explosion, but they are still waiting for an opportunity to interview him to find out what chemicals may have been involved in the explosion and what Sanchez was doing with them.

"We're still waiting for his health to improve enough to sit down with him," Heffernan said.

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