JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. —
A home explosion rocked a neighborhood in Jeffersonville, Indiana,on Sunday.
According to police, there were three people in the home at the time of the explosion. One of them was killed. Two victims were transported to a local hospital.
When firefighters arrived at the scene minutes later, the house was completely burned to the ground. Officials said there was a car nearby that had to be extinguished.
“We heard this really big boom, and we thought maybe something had ran into the building or a transformer (had exploded),” said Derek Hughes, who works at Wellstone Regional Hospital, approximately a quarter-mile from the home. “It shook the whole entire building. It even woke a few of our patients up.”
Fire marshals have ruled out the possibility of a methamphetamine lab as a cause of the explosion. Vectren is also investigating the scene.
According to WLKY reporter Deni Kamper, there were at least 15 other homes that sustained damage. Officials said at least five of those homes may not be habitable.
“It shook everything. I thought it happened right outside of the house it was so loud,” neighbor Joseph Gamez said.
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore released the following statement:
“The City of Jeffersonville is deeply saddened by Sunday’s home explosion. At this time, we know one life has been lost and others were injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the entire Capitol Hills neighborhood.
We greatly appreciate our first responders and depend on them at a time like this.
We are a strong community and are lucky to live in an area that cares about its neighbors. This impacts us all.”
“There are several pieces of debris in elevated positions that pose a safety risk if they were to fall,” police said in a statement. The Jeffersonville Building Commission has condemned numerous homes near the explosion due to structural damage.
Indiana State Police was brought in to assist in the investigation.
The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.