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Plano House Explosion That Injured 6 Likely Caused By Gas Leak, Fire Investigators Say

PLANO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - A gas leak in a Plano home Monday, July 19, was the likely cause of an explosion that destroyed the house and heavily damaged the two next door, injuring six people, fire officials said Tuesday.

Plano Fire-Rescue said further investigation would be needed to determine where in the home the leak happened before the single-story house exploded around 4:40 p.m. on Monday.

A Plano Fire-Rescue spokesperson said the leak could have come from an appliance or anything else, adding the destruction will hinder the investigation.

The leak was isolated to the home that exploded and no other homes are in danger, Plano Fire-Rescue said.

House explosion in Plano
House explosion in Plano (Chopper 11)

One person from the home that exploded and five others, including three children, from one of the damaged homes next door were taken to hospitals for treatment, fire officials said.

Medical City Plano told CBS 11 it is treating three victims - one adult in critical condition, two others in serious condition.

Day after Plano house explosion
Day after Plano house explosion (Andrea Lucia - CBS 11)

That includes the one person in the home that exploded and the two adults in the neighboring home.

A couple with three young children had just moved into the neighborhood about a month ago.

The three boys have been released from the hospital to their grandmother, according to a family friend.

The friend said the husband had to have emergency surgery to remove glass and debris from his body.

The community is raising money to help the family and a GoFundMe account is set up.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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