Woman escapes after her house explodes

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Fire officials are investigating what may have caused a home in Taunton to explode Sunday afternoon.

The explosion happened around 4 p.m. on Christine Lane. The home collapsed after going up in flames, officials said.

Witnesses said they heard a huge explosion and saw the home on fire when they went outside.

“So strong that I thought a tree fell on my house. The house shook,” said neighbor Paul Saltalamacchia. “The windows were bursting out it was really freaky.”

“Almost like a mini-earthquake but not as intense,” Jenna Roberts added.

According to police, one woman was inside the home but got out safely. Taunton Emergency Management Director Richard Ferreira told Eyewitness News she was transported to Morton Hospital to be checked out.

Saltalamacchia said he spoke to the woman after her escape, and she told him she was upstairs in her bedroom when the house erupted.

Officials are still investigating what caused the explosion, but gas crews spent hours at the home digging up the gas line.

“It’s being investigated as a possible gas explosion,” said Capt. Todd Myers of the Taunton Fire Department.

First responders expressed amazement that no one was hurt, considering the damage.

“Unfortunately, the house was destroyed,” Ferreira said. “But the woman nonetheless is safe and alive tonight.”

“I think the woman who lived here was very lucky,” said Capt. Myers.

Massachusetts State Police and the fire marshal’s office are investigating.

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