At least one person has died and a 3-year-old was missing after a house fire and explosion in Flint, Mich. On Monday night, authorities said.
Flint Fire Chief Raymond Barton said on Tuesday two people were rushed from the scene on Monday evening to area hospitals, where one – a 70-year-old man – was declared deceased. The father of the missing child was in critical condition, Barton said.
Another person reported minor injuries from the blast, which destroyed three homes and damaged more than a dozen others in the West Side neighborhood of Flint, WJRT-TV reported.
Barton said a corpse dog from Michigan State Police and fire crews with specialized equipment was looking for the 3-year-old.
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Rescuers were called to the scene around 9:30 p.m. Monday after reports emerged that people could be trapped inside a house.
Fire Battalion Chief Ramsey Clapper told WEYI-TV three nearby houses were damaged and the blast was felt miles away. A hangar and a vehicle were also said to have been on fire, according to the Flint Journal.
Most of the flames had been extinguished by Monday evening, local station WJRT-TV reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Consumers Energy spokesman Brian Wheeler said the utility received a call around 9:40 p.m. Monday about the house explosion and crews dispatched to the scene had shut off natural gas and l electricity in seven houses, three of which he said were destroyed by the explosion.
Wheeler said Tuesday morning that the utility had found no evidence of gas leaks or other issues with the Consumers Energy gas system that feeds the house that exploded. He said the utility was working with local authorities to investigate the blast.
Contributor: Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY; The Associated Press.