Video: House explodes with firefighters inside

A home exploded with firefighters inside. (KSLA Photo)

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A burning house in Arkansas exploded as firefighters fought the blaze, but no one was injured in the blast that thrust insulation into the air like confetti.

KSLA-TV reports the Texarkana Fire Department arrived as smoke wafted from the attic Wednesday night.

Arkansas Fire Marshall Steve Johnson said a backdraft happened as one firefighter entered the house. The explosion was caught on video.

Two firefighters, including Brian Henry, were already inside. Henry says they “heard a boom and then the ceiling fell.”

Johnson says backdrafts are rare and that they happen when oxygen is rapidly reintroduced to combustibles in an oxygen-depleted space.

A mother and child who escaped the burning home before fire crews arrived were treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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