House Explodes, Collapses In Vernon

VERNON, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – Vernon police say a home on East Street collapsed in an explosion. Emergency crews were called to the scene around 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

Police say seven people were in the home when it collapsed; three of them were outside when first responders arrived. The four others, including a 7-year-old boy, were rescued from the rubble, said authorities.  He suffered serious injuries.

When emergency crews arrived they heard people under the wreckage calling for help.  A police officer led firefighters into the unstable debris to rescue the victims.

The people in the house also included girls ages 11, 12, and 15.

The four children were taken to Connecticut Childrens Medical Center, where one was treated and released.  The rest suffered significant injuries that a doctor said were not immediately life threatening.

The front wall of the house was blown into the front yard, and the interior walls and furniture spilled out towards the street.

A bathtub, a kitchen sink, and a dresser could be seen in the wreckage.

Governor Dannel Malloy visited the site of the explosion.  He said propane was used in the house, and three tanks were found.

Mallow said it appeared the house was blown up, and to one side.

An urban search and rescue team responded to the scene to assist in the search. The team determined that no one else was in the rubble.

The cause of the blast isn’t known. Officials from Vernon and the state fire marshal’s office are investigating.

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