Six people injured in New Albany house explosion

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Posted on November 8, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 10 at 12:27 PM

New Albany, Ind. (WHAS11) -- We are getting new details about a home explosion in southern Indiana. Six people were injured when the home they were in exploded Tuesday afternoon.

In the 300 block of Woodrow Avenue, close to Market Street. A total of 6 people were injured in this explosion. One taken to University Hospital, four to Floyd and one to Clark Memorial . It was an explosion so powerful that it blew two walls down, then ignited a fire.

Michael Whathen lives on the street and called 911. 

"I ran outside and noticed a smoke cloud and papers flying in the air like a hundred feet over the house and smoke rising real bad," Michael Wathen said. 

Gas crews had been working on lines in the area . Resident Maryl Kleehamer says you could smell gas in the air all day. Then around 4 p.m. the  home exploded in a ball of smoke and  flames.

"Around 4 o clock there was an explosion and the windows in the house rattled and all the neighbors came running out and there was an awful lot of commotion going on down there, " Kleehamer said.

Five people in the home as well as one utility worker were taken to nearby hospitals. New Albany Fire Chief Matt Juliot says the initial investigation reveals that a gas line was being worked on near the home.

"There was some construction going on in the area . As far as the cause I'm not sure but the explosion did come from inside the home," New Albany Fire Chief Matt Juliot said. 

The explosion did ignite a fire and knocked down two exterior walls into a nearby ally. It even caused minor damage to a neighbor's home.
 

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