A house in St. Joseph was leveled by a blast that sent at least three people to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening on Tuesday, police said.
Police and firefighters responded to an explosion that came about 9:40 a.m.
One witness told the St. Joseph News-Press that the damage knocked out the four exterior walls of the home and collapsed its roof.
Paul Saunders, a neighbor who mobilized to battle the fire before firefighters arrived, said that he and his girlfriend heard two booms and called emergency services.
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“I just saw the house no longer standing on the ground,” Saunders told the News-Press. “A whole bunch of flames. People just running around asking if we can get water hoses out.”
Saunders said he’d heard booms at the home throughout the year.
“I’ve called the Police Department many times before because they will shoot them off at like 11, 12 o’clock at night and it’ll wake up my two kids,” Saunders said.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately available.
“It’s going to take quite a bit of time before the crime scene is cleared,” said Capt. Jeff Wilson of the St. Joseph Police Department, said. “Time will tell.”