Three people are dead and at least 39 homes damaged after an explosion leveled a house in Indiana Wednesday afternoon.
The explosion rocked a neighborhood in Evansville, with drone footage showing one house completely destroyed from the blast. The coroner confirmed that three people had died from the explosion, Tristate reported. One other person was reportedly in the hospital after surviving the explosion.
It was not immediately clear what caused the massive explosion. A spokesperson for the Evansville Fire Department told Tristate that the gas and electric company CenterPoint made no detection of gas after arriving on the scene. The spokesperson added that 11 of the houses affected will be uninhabitable.
Fire Chief Mike Connelly said in a news conference that there could be more victims found as the search continues. “There could be other victims, we have not completed our search. The buildings are not yet safe to enter,” Connelly said, adding, “Initial survey of the damage is that 39 houses have been damaged from either severe to minor damage.”
“Our thoughts are with those closely involved with the explosion that happened on N. Weinbach this afternoon,” the Evansville Police Department said in a statement. “As more information becomes available the respective agencies investigating will be able to provide more information.”
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