A house explosion in Porter, IN injured seven family members, including a three-year-old girl last Thursday. Investigators say that the explosion was likely caused by a natural gas leak. Neighbors reported hearing an explosion at the house in the 400-block of North First Street at about 4:30 P.M. When firefighters arrived at the scene, a rescue effort was already underway to free three-year-old Ela Laster, who was trapped in the rubble. Firefighters also rescued Ela’s grandmother Amie Boomsma (45), who was trapped inside the house. A total of seven family members were injured in the explosion. As of Friday, three of the family members were still hospitalized, including Ela and her mother Kayla Boomsma, who were transported to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. Amie Boomsma was taken to Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

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