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Explosion levels home in Central Texas; 3 hurt

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Jacklyn Gallaga, 5, sits on the ground covered in insulation after a neighbor's home exploded, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Willis, Texas. Three adults were flown by LifeFlight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center. Details of their injuries were not released, but they were in critical condition, said Jason Oliphant, chief of Montgomery County Emergency Services District No. 1. Oliphant said the home was totally destroyed and small fires burned after the explosion, and it was unclear what sparked the blast. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)

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By The Associated Press
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 6:48 p.m.
 

WILLIS, Texas — An explosion that destroyed a house in Central Texas resonated for miles, and yet three occupants survived the blast, officials said.

The fiery blast happened before dawn Tuesday at a home near Willis, about 40 miles north of Houston, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said.

It could be weeks before investigators determine the cause of the explosion, Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams said. The blast was felt several miles away.

Two men and a woman suffered severe burns and were transported to a hospital, Williams said. Their names and details on their conditions have not been released.

Investigators are trying to determine if any nearby homes have been damaged, Williams said.

 

 
 


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