JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- One person was killed and two others hurt in a what police are calling a "catastrophic" explosion that demolished one home and damaged several others early Sunday morning in Jeffersonville.
The Jeffersonville police and fire departments responded to the home in the 900 block of Assembly Road around 5 a.m., according to Det. Lt. Isaac Parker.
Police say one of the victims located at the scene was killed. Two other victims were taken to University Hospital, where one was released later Sunday evening.
Audio: Dispatch making the call to the Jeffersonville Fire Department moments after the explosion:
The fire department said in an update Sunday afternoon that they have "ruled out any possibility of a meth lab," as a cause of the explosion and are waiting on the results of an investigation being conducted by officials with the gas company Vectern, which has cut service to 14 homes in the area.
One home was demolished and another 12 to 15 homes were affected by the explosion.
The video below comes from a home's Nest camera posted by Reddit user TheHungryGiraffe shows a flash from the explosion and some sound of the impact.
WDRB viewer Brandon Walker, who lives just one street away from where the explosion happened, shared the below security videos showing more impact and audio of the explosion.
Parker says the police department will "maintain security" and that portions of Assembly Road will remain closed for safety. A Greater Clark County Schools spokesperson tells WDRB the district's transportation department will communicate with students whose bus route may be impacted by the closure.
"The Jeffersonville Street Department is on scene and cleaning the debris from the roadway; however, the area will continue to be closed for the next several days. There are several pieces of debris in elevated positions that pose a safety risk if they were to fall. Numerous houses near the explosion have been condemned by the Jeffersonville Building Commissioner due to structural damage," Parker said in a news release Sunday afternoon.
A spokesperson for Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore says he is "carefully monitoring this morning's tragic situation."
"The City of Jeffersonville is deeply saddened by Sunday's home explosion," Moore said in a statement sent to WDRB. "At this time, we know one life has been lost and others were injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the entire Capitol Hills neighborhood. We greatly appreciate our first responders and depend on them at a time like this. We are a strong community and are lucky to live in an area that cares about its neighbors. This impacts us all."
The police and fire departments are actively investigating the incident along with Indiana State Police. Utility companies are also helping with the investigation, Parker said.
Authorities have yet to determine an official cause for the explosion.
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