Explosion levels 2 houses, damages 11
OSCEOLA, AR (WMC) - Two houses were destroyed and 11 others were damaged when a gas line caused an explosion in Osceola, Arkansas.
An exclusive look at the damage from Chopper 5 shows houses leveled and debris everywhere. One person was injured in the explosion.
"I just heard a boom and it knocked everything off the walls," said Antoine Carnes, who boarded up parts of his damaged home. "At first I thought it might have been an earthquake."
According to the fire chief, the explosion happened in a house belonging to Debbie Porter, who is the only person with reported injuries at this time.
"She was burned, I do know that," Nadine Vaughn, whose mother's house was also damaged by the explosion. "Her skin was burned so they airlifted her, I believe, to Memphis."
"It's basically like a war zone or something happened," said Andre Harris, who lives next door. "And I'm just praying to God that Ms. Debbie, our neighbor, is alright. We're just thankful that my family is alright."
Harris' house, like Porter's, was destroyed.
"The damage done to my walls, you can even see the damage straight out to my neighbor's house," Harris said.
While investigators believe the explosion erupted from a utility gas line, they do not know what caused it.
"I'm thankful because, like I said, it could have been worse," Harris added. "I thank God that all this can be replaced."
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