3 dead after home explosion in Indiana, officials say; reason under investigation

On Wednesday, three people were killed in an explosion at a home in southern Indiana.

Dozens of firefighters responded to the scene in Evansville after the blaze on the 1000 block of North Weinbach Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Chief Deputy Coroner David Anson said in a statement that three people had been reported dead at the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office as a result of the explosion. He said the names of the victims would be released pending the family notification.

Photo: Damage to the area where homes were damaged following a house explosion with multiple agencies at the scene on August 10, 2022 in Evansville, Ind.

Damage to the area where homes were damaged following a house explosion with multiple agencies on August 10, 2022 in Evansville, Ind.

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Evansville Fire Chief Mike Connelly told reporters Wednesday evening that the house where the blaze occurred was destroyed and 39 other structures were “severely damaged or had minor damage.” Officials said the damaged buildings included the office of the Knight Township trustee and would be closed for the foreseeable future.

According to Evansville’s Department of Buildings, 11 of the 39 homes damaged in the blaze are uninhabited, Connelly said.

Photo: Damage to the area where homes were damaged following a house explosion with multiple agencies at the scene on August 10, 2022 in Evansville, Ind.

Damage to the area where homes were damaged following a house explosion with multiple agencies on August 10, 2022 in Evansville, Ind.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke via ZUMA Press Wire Service

Connelly said about 60 firefighters were assisting at the scene.

Connelly said a 100-foot radius around the blast was not searchable and that some buildings were not safe to enter, noting that there could be other victims.

The cause of the explosion is being investigated.

Centerpoint Energy arrived after the explosion and “made the scene safer,” Connelly said. “No gas was detected and they are now restoring service.”

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winneke was assessing the damage at the scene.

Photo: A house is destroyed in an explosion on August 10, 2022 in Evansville, Indiana.

A house is destroyed in an explosion on August 10, 2022 in Evansville, Indiana.

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“A major investigation and clean-up effort is underway,” Winnecke told ABC’s Evansville affiliate. War,

An off-duty Evansville police officer reported the blaze, the mayor said.

Evansville Police Department The block where the incident occurred will be “closed for the future”, Evansville Police Department Told,

“As more information becomes available, the concerned agencies conducting the investigation will be able to provide more information,” the department said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

ABC News’ Darren Reynolds contributed to this report.

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