Two dead following Evansville house explosion

(WEHT Photo)

UPDATE: Our sister station in Evansville, WEHT, is reporting that two people were found dead in the house. They were found in the basement. Identities have not been released.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) —¬†Evansville Emergency Management is responding to a building explosion in the 1700 block of Hercules Avenue. They’re asking drivers to avoid the area.

Authorities say at least three people were injured from an explosion and fire that destroyed an Evansville home.

The explosion happened about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in a neighborhood on the city’s east side, with the house erupting in flames and being left in rubble. Neighboring houses weren’t badly damaged.

Officials didn’t immediately give any details on the severity of injuries suffered by the three people taken from the scene by ambulances. The cause of the explosion wasn’t immediately known.

Nearby residents described the ground and their houses shaking from the explosion.

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