EPD Officer Phil Smith on House Explosion

Dozens of police and firefighters are on the scene of a house explosion just off of Morgan Ave.

Three people in that home have reportedly been taken to the hospital.

Eyewitness News' Joe Bird was live around 10:40 a.m. in the 1700 block of Hercules Ave. in Evansville with the latest information.

Here's a transcription of Joe's interview with Evansville Police Officer Phil Smith:

JB: Well, Alexandra, a lot of people in this area said they felt the explosion. One man told me it was as if his house was hit by a car. To give us some more information, we have Officer Phil Smith with the Evansville Police Department. And you just left the scene moments ago so kind of walk us through from start to finish.

PS: At approximately 8:33 this morning, we received numerous calls from people in the area that they said sounded like an explosion. Our officers arrived and located a fire, located and identified three victims that they rendered aid to until the fire department arrived on the scene. What our officers are doing at this point, we're blocking down streets and making sure AMR is getting those victims transported.

JB: Is the coroner on the scene?

PS: He is on the scene.

JB: Is there any confirmed fatalities or is here just because of a precaution?

PS: I have not confirmed the reason why he is here. I've not been told that we've had fatalities at this point.

JB: Any indication at this time why the explosion happened?

PS: We do not know that. That's too early to tell. That's going to be a question for the Evansville Fire Department.

JB: We're kind of away from the scene so what's being done at the house?

PS: Right now, EFD is doing their protocol – making sure the fire is out – going through the rubble to find any and all possible people or animals.

JB: I heard a neighbor say something about an animal. Was there a dog in the fire?

PS: There was a dog that I saw rescued by officers – carrying the dog out. The dog was alive, it had burns on its paws. But that was the only animal that I saw.

JB: What are neighbors saying? What did they see?

PS: I've not spoken to any neighbors at this point.

JB: Officer Phil Smith, we'll continue to follow this story and gather more details as they become available.

AJ: Thanks Joe. We'll continue to follow this story all day long. Be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and online at Tristatehomepage.com for all the latest developments.


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