Updated August 12 Three people were killed and another was injured in an August 10 house explosion in Evansville, IN. Killed in the blast were Charles Hite, 43; Martha Hite, 37; and Jessica Teague, 29; all of Evansville.
The explosion occurred just before 1 pm in 1000 block of North Weinbach Ave. Firefighters arrived at the scene in less than 60 seconds, a video included in a 14 News report shows. When they arrived, they found that the blast had completely destroyed the home and damaged 39 others.
Charles and Martha Hite were inside the home that exploded, Jessica Teague was inside a neighboring home. The person hurt in the explosion sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, Fire Chief Mike Connelly said.
Fourteen agencies and CenterPoint Energy are involved in the investigation of the explosion. They have not yet determined the cause. CenterPoint Energy is conducting tests to check the integrity of the gas line that runs from the main in the street to the area where the meter on house was.
Eleven of the 39 homes that were damaged are uninhabitable. The Red Cross is helping displaced families. The Evansville Housing authorities are tagging all of the damaged houses, Connelly said. Red means no entry, yellow means entry with an escort, and green means there are no restrictions to entry.
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