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8 injured in Philadelphia row home explosion

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Eight people, including three children, were injured after an explosion at a row home in Philadelphia. Neighbors pitched in to help rescue those inside the homes.

One home was destroyed-two others heavily damaged-in the explosion that shook this south Philadelphia neighborhood just after 11am.

INside adjoining homes and nearby six adults and a child stunned and injured helped to safety by first responders and neighbors. Fortunately none of the injuries life threatening.

After more than an hour of searching, rescuers determined no one else was trapped under the rubble. Neighbors and first responders praised for jumping into action moments after the blast.

Fire officials confirming it was a natural gas explosion. And their search for a cause now centers on work being down by a contractor on a water heater.

Sources indicating it appears the contractor may have been attempting to relight the water heater when the explosion took place.

Source – CNN