1 dead, 3 injured in explosion that leveled Jeffersonville, Indiana home, damaged others

1 dead, 3 injured in explosion that leveled Jeffersonville, Indiana home, damaged others

May 20, 2019– Mary Greeley News – JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — Investigators are working to determine what caused a home to explode in Jeffersonville on Sunday — killing one.

The explosion happened just before 5 a.m. at a home in the 900 block of Assembly Road in the Capitol Hill area.

Police said there were two people in the home at the time of the explosion. One person died and the other, a female victim, is in critical condition.

Two others were injured in the blast. An 11-year-old girl, who was in a nearby home, was hospitalized after her ceiling caved in. She has since been released. Family members told fire officials another victim had been treated and released from the hospital by Sunday afternoon.

The Jeffersonville Fire Department arrived at the scene minutes after the explosion. By then, the house was completely leveled. Officials said there was a car nearby that had to be extinguished.

“We heard this really big boom, and we thought maybe something had ran into the building or a transformer (had exploded),” said Derek Hughes, who works at Wellstone Regional Hospital, approximately a quarter mile from the home. “It shook the whole entire building. It even woke a few of our patients up.”

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Fire marshals have ruled out the possibility of a methamphetamine lab as a cause of the explosion. An official cause has not yet been determined. Vectren, a utility company, is also investigating the scene.

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According to WLKY’s Deni Kamper, there were at least 15 other homes that sustained damage. Officials said at least five of those homes may not be habitable.

1 dead, 3 injured in explosion that leveled Jeffersonville, Indiana home, damaged others

“It shook everything. I thought it happened right outside of the house it was so loud,” neighbor Joseph Gamez said.

WLKY received numerous calls from viewers in Louisville saying they also heard and felt the explosion.

1 dead, 3 injured in explosion that leveled Jeffersonville, Indiana home, damaged others

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore released the following statement:

“The City of Jeffersonville is deeply saddened by Sunday’s home explosion. 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.”

1 dead, 3 injured in explosion that leveled Jeffersonville, Indiana home, damaged others

Jeffersonville police said Assembly Road will be closed for several days for safety concerns and while crews clean debris.

1 dead, 3 injured in explosion that leveled Jeffersonville, Indiana home, damaged others

“There are several pieces of debris in elevated positions that pose a safety risk if they were to fall,” police said in a statement. The Jeffersonville Building Commission has condemned numerous homes near the explosion due to structural damage.

Indiana State Police is also assisting with the investigation.

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