Updated at 8:16 PM: Completely revised to include additional information.
Six people were injured when a house exploded Monday afternoon, scattering debris across a neighborhood in Plano and shaking houses up to a mile away. Three of the injured were children, authorities said.
The explosion occurred at around 4:40 p.m. at a one-story house on the 4400 block of Cleveland Drive, near West Park Boulevard and Coit Road.
That house had been reduced to rubble and the houses on either side were damaged by the explosion.
“One house has suffered major, major damage — in fact, most likely destroyed,” said Capt. Peggy Harrell, a spokeswoman for Plano Fire-Rescue. “The adjacent homes, right and left, also suffered major damage, but are still standing.”
One person in the house that exploded was hospitalized, as were five people who lived in the house to the west. One resident of the home on the east side was uninjured.
Officials have not released the identity or condition of the injured.
Cause under investigation
Wood was scattered around the front yard of the house and rubble was on the street. Residents of nearby houses could be seen covering shattered windows. Officials used the side mirror of a debris-covered vehicle parked in front of the house to hold up yellow warning tape.
Streets near the house were cordoned off and gas and electricity were cut off to the block. Firefighters asked people to avoid the area, but authorities said residents of nearby homes were not required to evacuate.
The cause of the explosion has not been determined.
In addition to the fire brigade, researchers from Atmos Energy and Oncor were on site. The city’s explosive ordnance disposal agency also investigated, which authorities say was standard protocol, but a bomb-sniffing dog found no explosives.
‘Like an air raid’
Heather Presley, 40, said she lives about a mile from the house and was watching a movie when her whole house started shaking.
Presley pulled up when she discovered that the bang she’d heard that afternoon was an explosion.
“I thought maybe a transformer or something was broken, because that’s happened before,” she said. “This was different, though…more intense.”
Jordan Daniels, 15, was lying in bed in his house a block away when the explosion shook him awake. He said he saw the walls “pulse” and felt his house leaning to one side.
His mother initially thought it was a tornado from the storm that passed through, but they soon walked into the garage and found that part of their roof had collapsed, he said. At least one window had also been blown out.
As Daniels walked down the alley, he saw that what used to be a house was completely gone.
“It looked like there had been an air raid,” he said.
Mayor John Muns called the explosion a tragedy and asked residents to remember the victims in their prayers.
“We hold them and their families close to our hearts and hope for a speedy and full recovery,” Muns said in a written statement.