5 Dead, 3 Injured After House Explosion in Pennsylvania Destroys Several Homes

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Five people are dead and three more were injured from an explosion that destroyed several homes in a Pennsylvania neighborhood Saturday morning.

On Sunday, Allegheny County released a statement detailing the explosion at 141 Rustic Ridge Drive in the city of Plum outside of Pittsburgh, where first responders found “people trapped under debris” as two houses were “engulfed in fire” and a dozen more destroyed “with windows blown out.”

RING doorbell video obtained by CNN affiliate WTAE shows the residence blowing up, the impact causing debris to fly everywhere.

“I heard this ‘boom.’ It was so loud that it woke me up. I thought it was thunder from the storms last night,” resident Alexis Typanski told the outlet. “My water bottle fell on me instantaneously. I was shaking. It scared me so bad.”

According to the county’s news release, four adults and one adolescent were among the deceased after they were originally unaccounted for by emergency responders. Their bodies were later recovered in a search. 

The three people injured from the explosion were transported to nearby hospitals, the release stated. Two were treated and have since been released while one is still at the hospital in critical condition.

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The statement also reported that water tankers from the counties of Allegheny and Westmoreland, 18 different fire departments and Allegheny County’s Emergency Management and Fire Marshals responded to calls about the explosion.

All utilities in the immediate area were shut off as a safety precaution, but as of Sunday afternoon, electricity has been restored. “Crews are still working on extinguishing nearby structures as gas lines are secured,” per the release.

The statement notes that the state’s Public Utility Commission and People’s National Gas “are working with local officials on a plan for restoration of gas service and will be communicating directly with impacted residents.”

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For the time being, the county is urging those to steer clear of the area unless they are residents.

Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is currently investigating the cause and origin of the fire and explosion, alongside officials on the local, state and federal levels. However, this information is “expected to take quite some time, even months or years,” according to the statement.

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