UPDATED – Firefighters Battling House Fires In Bloomington

(BLOOMINGTON) – Firefighters are battling numerous house fires in the 3540 block of South Wickens Street in Bloomington.

Wickens Street is in a housing addition off of Rockport Road.

Three houses have been destroyed. A fourth was heavily damaged.

Audio: Monroe Fire Protection District Public Information Officer Jason Allen

Monroe Fire Protection District along with the Bloomington Fire Department and the Van Buren Fire Department are on the scene. Also assisting are IU Health Hospital ambulance crews and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

WBIW is on the scene. Reporter Bill Raines spoke to one of the homeowners

Audio: WBIW’s Bill Raines speaking to a homeowner at the scene

Vectren arrived on the scene to shut off gas to the area.

Neighbors say they heard a loud explosion and then saw the homes engulfed in flames.

Audio: A neighbor comments following the fire Monday afternoon