LEWISVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – A house explosion in Lewisville has left at least one civilian and two firefighters injured.
The blast happened at a duplex in the 500 block of E. Main Street. Officials with the Lewisville Fire Department have confirmed to CBS 11 News that an Atmos Energy crew was working on a nearby gas leak, possibly next-door. Officials say the duplex suddenly exploded as the crew worked on the 4-inch gas line.
Video from Chopper 11 showed one completely destroyed house and debris scattered all across the neighborhood. Witnesses working in the area said they not only heard, but also felt the blast. Some people as far away as The Colony report having heard the blast.
According to Lewisville Fire Chief Tim Tittle, one unknown individual, believed to have been inside the house, and several responding firefighters were injured. The extent of their injuries isn't known, but one person was transported to the Medical Center of Lewisville emergency room.
Curt Deloris works in the area at the Fastnell Company. He told KRLD NewsRadio 1080, "It was a major explosion. It shook the building…our building here. What I understand from talking to some of the neighbors, it shot bricks about a block away, over to Church Street."
Atmos spokeswoman Jennifer Ryan said crews are still trying to shut off the gas in the area, and still aren't sure what caused the initial leak and subsequent explosion.
Because of natural gas in the air, homes and businesses downwind from the explosion were evacuated and nearby electricity was switched off. Nearby streets were also cordoned off as a precaution.
In addition to crews from the Lewisville Fire Department, fire engines from Highland Village, Carrollton and The Colony responded to the explosion.