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Fire crews investigating home explosion in Detroit neighborhood

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 10:14:16-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A home was nearly flattened by an explosion in a Detroit neighborhood on Saturday.

According to Hamtramck Fire, the explosion happened in the area of LaBelle just after 3 p.m.. They were helping Detroit Fire crews.

Two ladder trucks, four engines and one hazmat were at the scene Saturday afternoon.

Neighbors say a woman is known to stay in the home, but she was not home at the time of the explosion.

Amazingly, only one other home in the area was damaged by the blast. DTE turned off gas to the home to ensure the safety of the neighbors and released the below statement.

DTE Energy was called to the scene of a home explosion on Labelle in Detroit this afternoon. The cause of the fire is unknown, and we are working with local authorities to investigate.

Safety is our top priority. Gas to the residence has been cut to ensure the safety of the surrounding area. We are working with the authorities to gain access to the scene to continue the investigation.

Our team focuses on maintaining the safety and integrity of our system of underground natural gas pipes through a robust program of inspections, maintenance and upgrades. We urge all residents, in any situation, if you smell or suspect a gas leak to leave the area at once, call 911, then call DTE at 800-947-5000 (or your natural gas provider), to report the situation.

Investigators are still working to identify what caused the blast.