Several People Hurt in Missouri House Explosion

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
August 15, 2022US News
Several People Hurt in Missouri House Explosion
An ambulance in Andover, N.J., on April 16, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Authorities say a house explosion in southeast Missouri has left several people injured and a neighboring home in flames.

Charleston Department of Public Safety Chief Robert Hearnes said a faulty water heater may have triggered the explosion in the nearby town of Wyatt around 7 a.m. Monday.

Firefighters and ambulances from several surrounding communities rushed to the scene as a second home also caught on fire, KYTV reports.

Video from KFVS showed local firefighters sifting through twisted metal as smoke drifted from the ruins of the home that exploded.

Hearnes said that the injured included adults and children as young as 6 months old.

The State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.

Mississippi County Sheriff Britton Ferrell is urging the public to stay away from the street until further notice.

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