STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Authorities are investigating what caused a huge explosion Tuesday that leveled a six bedroom house in Stamford, scattering debris for hundreds of feet and setting three other homes on fire.
The homeowner was outside near a pool house when the explosion happened just before 2 p.m.
Mayor Michael Pavia said the blast demolished the 6,000-square-foot home “in a million pieces.”
“I’ve never quite seen the kind of damage to a building before and the debris was spread out probably 400-500 feet around where the house once stood,” he said.
Stamford Police Chief Jon Fontneau called it “a very big explosion.”
“It was a scene out of hell, it really was,” Fontneau said. “There was debris in the trees, glass shards, front door, back door thrown many feet away.”
Next door neighbors said they heard the blast from up to two miles away.
“I thought it was an earthquake,” neighbor Paxi Parmesuter said.
“I thought a plane hit my house,” neighbor Charlene Heffernan told The Stamford Advocate. “I have never heard anything so loud. My house shook from the top down.”
It took dozens of emergency crews nearly 12 hours to put out the flames. Three other homes in the neighborhood also caught fire.
The homeowner was taken to Stamford Hospital for examination. One firefighter also sustained minor injuries.
Officials suspect gas from a 500-gallon propane gas tank somehow built up inside the home before the explosion. Arson has reportedly been ruled out, but investigators are still trying to find out what exactly ignited the blast.
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Source: CBS local New York