THREE people died in a massive home explosion that shook an Indiana neighborhood on Wednesday.
First responders fear there could be more victims under the rubble after the deadly blast damaged at least 39 houses in Evansville.
"There could be other victims, we have not completed our search," Evansville Fire Chief Mike Connelly said.
"The buildings are not yet safe to enter."
The explosion was reported at 1pm on North Weinbach Avenue and had a 100-foot blast radius, according to the fire chief.
Eleven of the 39 damaged homes are uninhabitable, firefighters said.
The local coroner confirmed to The Sun that they are working to notify next of kin for the three people who were killed.
Two of the victims were in the house that exploded, while the third person was inside a neighboring home, according to cops.
Eight fire units remained in the neighborhood as authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the blast.
A structural collapse team was also on site to take a look at buildings that were thought to be in danger of collapsing.
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A horror video shared by a local business showed the explosion and aftermath, with debris and smoke hurled hundreds of feet into the air.
Deputy Mayor Steve Shaefer reposted the video saying: "Thanks to the first responders on scene now."
Rescue teams rushed to neighborhood and began searching through the wreckage.
One photo shared by a local journalist showed homes that were left unrecognizable.
A video shared by Drew Slader appeared to show cabinets and windows hanging off walls, and items scattered all over a house.
He told a local reporter that he was sitting down when the force of the blast tossed him off the couch.
An office manager at a nearby business told reporters that she heard the explosion from two and a half blocks away.
“We thought a tree fell on the building or a car ran into the place,” Jacki Baumgart said.
“Debris from the ceiling came down.
“Everybody here immediately ran out of the building. We thought the building was going to come down.”
A local reporter said that the building commission was inspecting homes in the area with searches and debris cleanup paused until homes are deemed safe.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now investigating what caused the deadly blast.
CenterPoint Energy, the local gas utility, was last called to the home in January 2018, the fire chief said. CenterPoint issued a statement saying it “worked with first responders to secure the area.”
“CenterPoint Energy is working closely with the Evansville Fire Department, State Fire Marshal, and other agencies as the investigation of this incident continues,” the utility said.
Evansville is a town on the Kentucky border.
Another deadly blast happened in the area five years ago, according to The Associated Press.
The explosion on June 27, 2017, killed two people and injured three others after it leveled a house, according to the news outlet.