5 dead after Pennsylvania house explosion

Article originally appeared on www.nbcnews.com.

Five people, including a teenager, are dead after a house exploded Saturday morning in southwest Pennsylvania, officials said.

The explosion occurred in the area of Rustic Ridge and Brookside drives in Plum Borough, about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County government said on Facebook, adding that a 911 call came in shortly after 10:20 a.m. reporting “multiple injuries and several houses on fire.”

First responders found people trapped under debris and two homes “engulfed in fire,” in addition to one that appeared to have exploded and multiple others with the windows blown out, according to the post.

Officials said that three structures were destroyed, that at least a dozen more were damaged and that officials and water tankers from multiple departments were on the scene.

Three people were taken to nearby hospitals, officials said. Two were stable when they were transported and were released, and the third was in critical condition, they said.

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