6 people taken to hospital after Plano house explosion منزل
Updated at 8:16 PM: It has been revised throughout to include additional information.
Six people were injured when a house exploded Monday afternoon, scattering debris across the Plano neighborhood and shaking homes a mile away. Authorities said three of the injured were children.
The explosion occurred around 4:40 p.m. in a bungalow at 4400 of Cleveland Drive, near West Park Boulevard and Coit Road.
This house was reduced to a pile of rubble, and the houses on both sides were damaged by the explosion.
“One of the houses was seriously and extensively damaged – in fact, it was probably destroyed,” said Captain Peggy Harrell, a spokeswoman for Plano Fire-Rescue. “Neighboring houses, on the right and left, were also badly damaged, but they are still standing.”
One person inside the house that blew up was taken to hospital, as were five people who lived in the house to the west. One resident of the house to the east was unharmed.
Officials did not reveal the identity or condition of the injured.
Reason under investigation
Timber was strewn across the front yard of the house and debris littered the street. Residents of nearby homes were seen covering broken windows. Officials used the side mirror of a vehicle covered in debris parked in front of the house to raise a yellow warning tape.
Streets near the house were closed, and gas and electricity were cut off from the complex. Fire officials have asked people to avoid the area, but authorities said residents of nearby homes do not need to evacuate.
The cause of the explosion has not been determined.
In addition to the fire department, investigators from Atmos Energy and Oncor were on site. The city’s bomb squad is also conducting an investigation, which the authorities said was normal protocol, but the bomb-sniffing dog found no explosives.
‘Like an air strike’
Heather Presley, 40, said she lives about a mile and a half from home and was watching a movie when her whole house started shaking.
Presley was driving when she discovered that the bang she had heard that afternoon was an explosion.
“I thought a transformer or something blew because this has happened before,” she said. “This was different, though…more intense.”
Jordan Daniels, 15, was in bed in his street house when the explosion rocked him. He said he saw the walls “pulse” and felt like his house was tilting to one side.
He said his mother initially thought it was a hurricane from passing the storm, but they quickly went out to the garage and discovered that part of their roof had collapsed. At least one window also crashed.
When Daniels walked down the alley, he saw that what had once been a home was completely gone.
“It looked like an air strike had hit him,” he said.
Mayor John Mons described the blast as a tragedy and called on residents to keep the victims in their prayers.
“We keep them and their families close to our hearts and hope for a speedy and full recovery,” Mons said in a written statement.