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House Explosion Probe Turned Over to State Fire Marshal

Weinbach House exp-2.jpg
Tim Jagielo
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WNIN
People walk away from the blast scene on N. Weinbach Ave.

EFD is assisting the state agency

The investigation continues into last week’s explosion that killed three people and destroyed eleven houses in Evansville. WNIN’s John Gibson has more:

EFD Division Chief Mike Larson calls the probe on N. Weinbach a “slow and methodical process.”

He says the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is now leading the investigation and the EFD is assisting.

Larson says several insurance investigators have been in town and the Evansville Police Department is helping with interviews as needed.

Police are also providing security at the site.

Traffic remains blocked on Weinbach between Vogel and Bellaire. Yellow police tape is keeping pedestrians away from the wreckage.

CenterPoint Energy says it had no crews working in the area at the time of the blast, they found no natural gas leaks outside the house that blew up, and gas line pressure in the area tested normal.

The utility company says residents on Weinbach from Vogel to Bellaire and on the east side of Hercules Avenue will remain without gas and electric service as the investigation continues.