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Gas leak possible in home explosion

Posted: September 6, 2013 11:24 p.m.
Updated: September 6, 2013 11:24 p.m.

Debris scatter the ground after an explosion destroyed a Riverside house Friday morning.

 

RIVERSIDE (AP) — A fiery explosion caused by a possible gas leak leveled one Southern California home, damaged two others and shook the neighborhood before dawn Friday, jolting residents awake but causing no apparent injuries.

Authorities were called to the home in Riverside shortly after 4 a.m. after neighbors reported hearing the booming blast.

They found the house “completely blown up,” fire Capt. Bruce Vanderhorst said. Eight fire engines were called in to deal with a blaze coming from a gas meter.

Television news reports showed the home on Cochise Drive reduced to nothing but twisted metal and blackened wreckage, with a tongue of fire flaring in the middle of it.

The home had been undergoing renovation for about a month and was vacant, Vanderhorst said. He added the explosion might have been caused by a gas leak.

A home next door was on fire, and another had lesser damage, Vanderhorst said.

Wayne Keller and his wife, holding their dog, stood outside their badly damaged home, near the house that was leveled.

“We heard an explosion, and we got out of our bed, and when I came into the front room, both windows on that side of the house, the far side of the house, nothing but fire and flames,” he said.

 

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