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IMAGES | Emergency crews respond to house explosion in Floyd County

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Emergency crews responded Monday morning to a house explosion in Floyd County.

Officials say it happened on Smithwood Drive off Charlestown Road.

A call about the fire was received around 10:20 a.m. New Chapel firefighters were among those called to the scene, a county dispatcher said.

Captain Matt Owen, of the New Chapel Fire Department, says the residence had been vacant for several months at the time of the explosion. 


Three residents of the area tell WDRB News they heard what they thought to be a loud boom and later heard sirens.

"We know that several neighbors from other streets down the road felt the wave and heard the explosion. We have damage to homes in the immediate proximity and lots of debris coming from the trees," Owen said.

The state fire marshal's office investigated the explosion and determined it was an accident because of a failure in the supply line, which fed a propane furnace from an exterior tank. Officials say the propane leak likely went unnoticed, because no one had been living inside the home.

No one was hurt in the explosion.

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