Investigators Continue Probe In House Explosion

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STAMFORD – Investigators from local and state agencies will be back at it on Wednesday, searching for what caused a home in Stamford to explode Tuesday afternoon. The likely culprit: an underground propane tank.

The explosion at 305 Webbs Hill Road happened at about 2 p.m., and a next door house was damaged, said Police Chief Jonathan Fontneau. A woman in a neighboring home who called police thought the explosion was an earthquake, he said.

Officials had not determined what caused the blast as of Tuesday evening, but a “combustible gas” is suspected, Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia said.

Debris was strewn for hundreds of feet, Pavia said.

The homeowner was outside near a pool house when the home exploded, Jankowski said. He was treated and brought to Stamford hospital. Fontneau said that the homeowner had no visible injuries, but that he was still at the hospital Tuesday evening and had been speaking with investigators.

Text from Hartford Courant staff reports; video by Jan Carabeo, Fox CT

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