FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Three people were missing after a home fire and explosion in Flint that damaged several adjacent homes and sent debris falling onto a neighborhood.
Three people were reported missing following the explosion, and two were hospitalized, Fire Department Battalion Chief Ramsey Clapper told WEYI-TV.READ MORE: Son Fatally Shoots Mother While Driving On Woodward Near Royal Oak
The explosion was felt miles away.
Flint Police Chief Terence Green told MLive-The Flint Journal at the scene that “there appears to be fatalities.”
Flames were extinguished late on Monday night.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation.
Television footage showed the neighborhood littered with splintered wood and other debris.READ MORE: Wixom Man Charged In Shooting Death Of Father's Ex-Girlfriend
Aisha Lott, who lives nearby, said she felt an explosion, and the blast rocked her house.
“It was like a really loud boom, and my house shook,” she told WJRT-TV.
Consumers Energy spokesman Brian Wheeler said the utility received a call at about 9:40 p.m. on Monday about the house explosion. Crews were then sent to the scene to shut off natural gas and electric service to a total of seven homes, including three that he said were destroyed by the blast.
Wheeler said Tuesday morning the utility had found no evidence of gas leaks or other issues with Consumers Energy’s gas system that runs to the house that exploded. He said the utility is working with local authorities to investigate the explosion.
“Our thoughts this morning go to the residents of this neighborhood and their loved ones,” the utility said in a statement.MORE NEWS: Michigan Community Choosing To Help Each Other In Time Of Need After Flint Home Explosion
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