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Authorities investigating Thursday night house explosion in SW OKC

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A man suffered burns to his body during a house explosion in southwest Oklahoma City Thursday night.

Just before 11:05 p.m. Thursday, Oklahoma City fire crews were sent to a reported house fire in the 2800 block of SW 48. At the scene, firefighters reported heavy structural damage to the home but no smoke or fire was visible from the street, officials said.

During a search of the home, fire crews found a small, smoldering fire in the rear of the home that was quickly extinguished. Firefighters found nobody inside the home during their searches.

Crews were told that a vehicle had left the scene shortly after the explosion and Oklahoma City police later stopped a vehicle with a man and a woman inside. 

The man in the vehicle had burn injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police detained the woman for questioning, but she was later released. Their names were not released.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation. The home and the contents inside were considered a total loss. Damage estimates for the home and the contents inside were totaled at $59,000.

Fire officials said that fire crews at a station about a mile away from home felt the blast and reported seeing the station’s overhead doors shaking just before being dispatched to the home.

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