One man was injured in a house explosion and fire in Huntington, IN in the early morning hours of December 7. Huntington is about 40 minutes southwest of Fort Wayne. Firefighters who were called to the scene around 6 a.m. arrived to find the home in the 900 block of Leopold Ave. fully involved, Huntington Fire Chief Tim Albertson told the Journal Gazette.
Albertson said crews were able to bring the blaze under control in about 15 minutes. Fire officials have not yet determined what caused the blast but told local news outlets that natural gas may have played a role. A crew from the gas and electric power company Vectren is also conducting an investigation.
One man was inside the home at the time of the blast and was injured, He was taken to an area hospital. Albertson did not specify the explosion injuries the man suffered.
Kendra Fisher told wane.com that she was helping her daughter get ready for school when she heard a loud boom and felt the earth shake. When she ran outside she saw several neighbors who were trying to help the man who was trapped inside the house which was engulfed in flames.
Another neighbor, Anthony Trainer, told wane.com that he thought the house was vacant but that the owner would occasionally come and do work on the home.
Other Indiana House Explosions
In November 2017, a natural gas leak leveled a home in Cambry, IN. No one was injured.
In August 2016, one man was injured and one woman was killed in a house explosion in Claypool, IN. Kay Justis died from injuries she sustained in the blast at her home located at 4678 South, County Road 450 West. Her husband Larry was hospitalized for back injuries. A propane leak was determined to be the likely source of the explosion.