OKLAHOMA CITY — State authorities are looking into an explosion that leveled a home in northeast Oklahoma City on Thursday morning that left one child dead and her brother and parents injured.
The ages of the girl, who died, or her brother were not immediately released, but both are younger than 18, according to District Fire Chief Benny Fulkerson. The boy and the parents were taken to a hospital with burn injuries in undisclosed condition, Fulkerson said.
No names were released. The explosion does not appear intentional, Fulkerson said.
The explosion occurred just before 7 a.m. in northeast Oklahoma City and destroyed the home while also damaging at least three nearby houses, Fulkerson said.
“When we arrived there was no active fire, it was a completely leveled home with debris up and down the street,” Fulkerson said.
Officials said initial indications are that the blast was related to a system that supplied the structure with propane gas.
Homeowners in rural areas often use propane systems to meet their cooking and heating needs. But other possibilities are being investigated.
Matt Skinner, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, said the commission's Pipeline Safety Department is checking to see if there are any natural gas-related pipelines in the area that could have been related to the incident.
Contributing: Associated Press
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