Officials say a house explosion in southern Indiana on Wednesday killed three people inside.
The blast happened on the 1000 block of North Weinbach Avenue on a Wednesday afternoon, and officials said that dozens of firefighters responded to the scene.
According to Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office chief deputy coroner David Anson, three people have been reported dead as a result of the explosion. When the families of the victims have been notified, he said, the names of the victims will be made public.
Evansville Fire Chief Mike Connelly told reporters Wednesday night that in addition to the destroyed home, 39 other structures “damaged severely or suffered minor damage” from the explosion. Authorities have announced that the Knight Township Trustee’s Office is among the damaged buildings and will be closed indefinitely.
Connelly said that 11 of the 39 homes affected by the explosion are uninhabitable due to the damage they sustained.
Connelly estimated that there were sixty firefighters helping out.
Connelly said it was impossible to search a radius of 100 feet from the blast, and that some buildings were unsafe to enter.
The explosion’s cause is currently being looked into.
Soon after the explosion, CenterPoint Energy personnel arrived and “made the scene safe,” as Connelly put it. No gas was detected, and service is being restored at this time.
Lloyd Winnecke, the mayor of Evansville, was there to survey the damage.
Winnecke said to ABC Evansville affiliate WEHT, “There’s a big investigation and cleanup effort underway.”
The mayor of Evansville stated that an off-duty police officer had reported the blast.
The Evansville Police Department has announced that the block where the incident took place “will be shut down for the foreseeable future.”
The investigating agencies will be able to provide more details as they become available, the department said.
The events unfolding here are intriguing. The situation is currently being revised; thanks for your patience.
This report was co-written by ABC News’ Darren Reynolds.
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