House explosion in Huntington injures one person

Aftermath of a house explosion in Huntington on December 7, 2017.

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) – Investigators in Huntington are trying to figure out what caused an explosion at a two story duplex Thursday morning that injured one person.

According to a news release from the Huntington Fire Department, dispatchers received a call of an explosion in the area of Leopold Street and Second Street at around 6:04 a.m.

“I had heard the big boom and then an orange flash in the corner of my eye,” said Kendra Fisher. “At first I thought [my daughter] had fallen off the bed.”

Fisher, who lives nearby, said she heard a loud “boom” then felt the ground shake. She ran outside and said one woman was on phone with 911, several others were trying to help a man who was trapped in the home as it went up in flames.

“They told him he needed to get out of there and that the house was on fire,” she said. “He said that he couldn’t and that he was stuck. They asked if he was on the first or second floor and I didn’t hear a response after that. I heard loud banging like they were trying to get inside and get to him.”

When crews arrived at 935 Leopold Street they found a two-story duplex heavily damaged and on fire. About ten minutes later they had the fire under control.

The man who was at the home when it exploded was taken to a hospital, but the extent of his injuries is not yet known.

In addition to emergency responders, a crew from Vectren, a natural gas and electricity provider, was on the scene.

A NewsChannel 15 videographer on the scene said a home next to the one where the explosion took place appears to have minor damage. A neighbor two houses down who was sleeping when the explosion took place said it shook his home and felt “almost like a small earthquake.”

The neighbor said he thought the home was vacant and was being worked on by the owner.

“Every now and then you see the owner and then a couple other guys that help him work,” said Anthony Trainer. “But other than that I didn’t know anybody lived there.

The cause of the fire has not been released, however the Huntington fire chief said a gas leak may have played a role.