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Four People In Critical Condition After Home Explodes

Last updated on Thursday, November 8, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Four people were severely injured after the home they were in exploded Tuesday night.

The explosion was so intense, the home was lifted off its foundation.

Jake Miller, of FOX59 reports, it happened in the 5700 block of West County Road 1100 North around 7:50 p.m.

Flames were seen more than a mile away and windows and doors blown off the home were found 50 feet away.

"It was just like a bomb and the home took a direct hit," said Kerry Esters, who lives next door.

Estes said the home's owner, Brenda Harber, said they all smelled gas moments before the explosion.

Fire investigators said Harber had work done on her furnace and the homes exterior propane tank had been filled just hours before, but how a leak inside the home sparked into a fire remains unclear.

Neighbor Kerry Estes said he is thankful no one died in the powerful explosion.

"Tremendous power, just the heat coming off of this home when I got here. The house was being more engulfed in flames it was just building and building. It wasn't long when the house came down."

Harber was air lifted to IU Methodist Hospital and as of Wednesday, was listed in serious condition.

The conditions of the other three victims are not known.

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