WOODBINE - Fire officials are investigating the cause of an explosion that damaged the roof of one building Monday morning at the Woodbine Developmental Center.

The explosion occurred about 10 a.m. and took place in a vacant laundry room, said Ellen Lovejoy, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

Fire and rescue crews from Cape May and Cumberland counties responded, including a hazmat crew from Vineland.

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No one was injured by the explosion, Lovejoy said.

By Monday afternoon, fire officials were still unsure what caused the explosion. Lovejoy said the Division of Fire Safety should have more information today.

A small section of the developmental center was blocked off by yellow tape Monday. Fire officials on the scene said the area was closed to everyone but emergency workers in case any potentially hazardous gas was released by the explosion.

The Woodbine Developmental Center is a state-run facility for training of the handicapped and is Cape May County's largest employer.

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