House explodes in Steuben County

PLEASANT LAKE, Ind. (WANE) – A Steuben County home exploded early Monday morning and a pile of debris was left.

Crews were called around 12:30 a.m. Monday to a home at 4420 S. 150 W. in Pleasant Lake after neighbors nearby heard the explosion and called 911.

Firefighters and officials from seven local agencies responded to the blaze. It took several hours to extinguish the flames.

The home was destroyed. Emergency crews called in an excavator to help pull burning debris from a ditch bank and clear the rubble from the road. Crews continued cleaning up the area and worked to put out hot spots throughout the morning.

Debris was left after a house in Pleasant Lake exploded in the early morning on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017.

One neighbor next door told NewsChannel 15 that he heard the explosion and ran over to see if everyone was okay.

Soon after, though, he said he began hearing ammunition inside the house going off and he said he took cover behind a car and waited for fire crews to arrive.

Officials said the heat caused the bullets to explode, and nobody was inside the house. No one was hurt.

It’s not clear yet what caused the fire. Officials told NewsChannel 15 that it was likely “an air heat source that expanded,” possibly a gas leak.

Fire investigators are working to remove debris to get to the source to confirm that suspicion.

The explosion does not appear to be suspicious, officials said.