Six people were hospitalized after a home in a Dallas suburb was razed to the ground in an explosion Monday afternoon, fire officials said.
Plano Fire Rescue said on twitter that an explosion was confirmed at the site, but they did not know the cause. Atmos Energy Corporation, one of the country’s largest natural gas distributors, participated in the survey.
A resident was inside the house and was injured, according to firefighters. The other five were neighbors.
Witnesses told local media they heard a series of bangs, which sounded like lightning. Most of the surrounding houses were also damaged.
“Suddenly I heard what I thought was my sliding glass door shattering,” a neighbor told KTVT. “And I just noticed that two photo frames on the wall fell off and the sound didn’t match. When my husband entered our garage, the roof of our garage had collapsed.
Plano police told the station they were shutting down gas lines in the area.
“We are saddened by today’s tragedy of a house explosion in our city. Several of our residents were injured, ”Plano Mayor John Muns said in a statement, KXAS-TV reported. “We keep them and their families close to our hearts and look forward to a speedy and full recovery.
Plano Fire-Rescue is working diligently to determine the cause of the explosion. We ask all of you to keep the victims in your prayers.
Video footage from the scene shows rubble where the house once stood with debris and wood strewn across the yard and on the street.
There were thunderstorms in the area on Monday afternoon. Oncor, a Texas utility, told KXAS-TV they were unlikely to be the cause of the storms.
Contribution: Associated Press