House explosion damages homes in Pennsylvania, leaves 4 dead, 3 injured, 1 missing
At least four people are dead, three were injured and one person is missing after a house exploded in Pennsylvania Saturday morning destroying three structures and damaging several other houses, authorities said.
Around 10:20 a.m., Allegheny County officials received 911 calls reporting a house explosion in Plum, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh, with “multiple injuries and several houses on fire,” Allegheny County officials said in a statement provided by the Plum Police Department.
First responders said there were people trapped under debris, two houses on fire, multiple houses damaged and it appeared “as if one house had exploded,” authorities said.
“There are three structures destroyed and at least a dozen more damaged in some way,” authorities said.
Three people were taken to area hospitals, including one who was in critical condition and two who were treated and released. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office will provide additional information about the deceased victims, authorities said.
At least 18 fire departments helped put out the fires using water tanks provided by Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.
‘It looks like a war zone,’ neighbor says
Plum police, county law enforcement and the county fire marshal’s office are investigating the cause of the explosion, The Associated Press reported.
George Emanuele, who lives three houses down from the home that exploded, said he and a neighbor went to the home after the explosion and dragged a man laying in the backyard away from the scene, he told the Tribune-Review.
Rafal Kolankowski, who lives a few houses away, said the explosion broke the windows in his house and knocked him and his wife to the ground, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“It’s just tragic, I mean, it looks like a war zone — it looks like a bomb hit our neighborhood and it’s just unfortunate,” Kolankowski said. “I was just with some of the neighbors yesterday, right, and now this happens.”
Contributing: The Associated Press
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