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Autopsies set for Wednesday after deadly explosion


Autopsies are scheduled Wednesday afternoon following an explosion and fire that leveled an Evansville home.

Fire crews recovered the bodies of two people from the collapsed house at 1717 Hercules Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

Two adults and one child escaped the flames and were taken to hospitals.

The names of the people killed and two of the people injured have not been released.

St. Vincent's Hospital spokesman Randy Capehart identified a man injured in the blast as Michael Kneer. He was treated at St. Vincent's and then transferred to the University of Louisville burn unit.

Evansville Fire Department Battalion Chief Charles Hertzberger told reporters another adult victim was flown to a burn unit in Indianapolis while a child was taken to Riley Children’s Hospital.

Hertzberger said firefighters and Vectren crews shut off natural gas service after the blast.

He said "we shut it down -- which we have the capabilities of doing -- right at the scene, and then they came in and actually dug up the street and shut if down at the street as well. As far as my initial conversation with them, they did that only as a precaution."

There’s no word yet on what triggered the explosion.

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