Video shows house after Thursday night explosion in Oklahoma City
One man was injured Thursday evening in a house explosion in southwest Oklahoma City but investigators had still not been able to determine the cause as of Monday.
Firefighters at nearby fire station No. 25 felt the blast and saw the overhead doors move about 11 p.m. Thursday. Firefighters then responded to a house at 2831 SW 48.
Glass shards from windows that blew out were scattered across the front yard and still in the street Monday morning. A woman and a young boy had been staying at the house before the explosion, a neighbor said.
“It was a big explosion,” the man said, who asked not to be identified. “We thought someone ran into our cars at first and then we saw two to four people running off in two vehicles SUVs.”
The man said the house was a rent house and a two people lived there but he hasn’t seen them since the explosion.
The resident did want to give his name but said the roof of the house lifted and dropped back down.
"When crews arrived there were no flames, but what they found was destruction," according to a tweet from the fire department. "The house had exploded, sending debris flying. Firefighters quickly extinguished a small smoldering fire near the rear of the structure."
Firefighters reported heavy structural damage to the home but no smoke or fire was visible from the street, officials said.
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 loss was estimated at $59,000.
Police Capt. Bo Mathews said the incident remains under investigation, but no one has been arrested since the cause has not been determined, Mathews said.
An Oklahoma Natural Gas spokeswoman said the cause did not appear to be natural-gas related.