Massive explosion levels St. Louis home, damages others

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ST. LOUIS – Two people were feared trapped after a north St. Louis home collapsed from an explosion Tuesday night.

Firefighters received calls reporting a house explosion and the smell of possible gas on Newhouse Avenue near North 11th street just after 11:00 p.m.

Search and rescue dogs were brought in after authorities had initially said at least two people, a woman and child may have been inside the house at the time of the explosion.

The St. Louis Fire Department fought the blaze saying that window casings, bricks, and a portable A/C unit were violently ejected during the explosion. Officials also confirmed via twitter, all occupants were accounted for outside the dwelling.

A witness told Fox 2 News that neighbors ran toward the fire and saw what appeared a recorded it on video.

According to fire officials, a neighboring home was affected by the blast. The damage was caused by smoke and fire.

Spire crews were working through the night to cut off gas to adjacent properties as firefighters battled the flames.

The gas has been turned off to the area as the investigation continues into what actually caused the explosion.

Meanwhile, a pair of GoFundMe pages have been set up to assist the families affected.

GoFundMe – Explosion on new house of family of 4
GoFundMe – Please help house blew up lost everything

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