What to Know
- House explodes in Plano neighborhood near Coit and Park.
- Six people were hurt and hospitalized after the explosion.
- The cause of the explosion is not yet known.
Six people were hurt Monday afternoon when a home exploded in a Plano neighborhood, fire officials say.
At this time, it's unknown what caused the explosion at the home on the 4400 block of Cleveland Drive. Whatever the source of the detonation, the home was leveled, debris was scattered for hundreds of feet around and the shockwave reportedly shook buildings at least a mile away.
"When we arrived, we found the home of origin of course with major catastrophic damage," said Captain Peggy Harrell of Plano Fire Rescue.
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The Plano Fire Department confirmed six people were hurt in the explosion. Three people were transported to Medical Center of Plano. Three others were transported to Children’s Medical Center Plano. One person was inside the home where the explosion occurred. The other five patients were inside the house to the left of the explosion. Officials have not released any information about the victims, including the extent of their injuries.
The view from Texas SkyRanger showed a pile of wood framing and other debris where a home previously stood not far from the intersection of W. Park Boulevard and Coit Road.
Plano Fire officials confirmed Monday night that officials with Atmos and Oncor are both on-scene, assisting with the investigation. The Plano Police Hazardous Device Unit was also at the home, which is standard protocol. Its K-9 did not detect hazardous materials or explosives on the scene. As a result, the Plano Police Department determined there was no need for evacuation of nearby homes. Electricity and gas have both been cut off to the entire block as crews work to determine the cause of the explosion.
NBC 5's Meredith Yeomans said she lives about a mile away from the home on Cleveland Drive and that her house shook when the explosion happened.
A neighbor who lives several houses away from the exploded home said other homes had damage to windows from the explosion.
"I saw the lightning strike come down. It was a bright blinding light and all the sudden, it was like a huge plume of black smoke just went up and debris just went flying, said Taylor Reddick who lives nearby.
So far, officials have not determined what caused the explosion.
Plano Mayor John Muns released a statement saying: “We are saddened by today’s tragedy of a house explosion in our City. Several of our residents were injured. We are keeping them and their families close to our hearts and hoping for a swift and full recovery. Plano Fire-Rescue is working diligently to determine the cause of the blast. We’re asking all of you to keep the victims in your prayers.”
There were storms in the area Monday afternoon.
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