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ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) — Fire crews were on the scene of an apparent home explosion in Fountain County Monday morning. First responders were dispatched to a home on the corner of East Monroe and South McDonald Streets Monday morning around 7:30 a.m. in downtown Attica's historic district.
According to Attica Chief of Police, Robert Cole, officials arrived to find a house engulfed in flames and a male victim outside, suffering what appeared to be third-degree burns. Being the only one in the house, the man inside lit a cigarette and was apparently thrown out of the house during an explosion. He is reported stable and has third-degree burns on his arms and some burns on his face.
Officers also had to remove a woman in a wheelchair from the neighboring home, which initially filled with smoke and eventually caught fire. It suffered a substantial amount of damage.
Three firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and a police officer received minor injuries while trying to remove the neighbor from her home.
Although this is an active investigation, the initial conclusion is that it was a gas leak. Gas has been shut off in the area and they're trying to locate the leak.
Cole expects crews to remain on the scene for the next several hours and maybe days.
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