STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- Fire investigators in Stamford are still trying to figure out why a big house there was blown to bits Tuesday afternoon.
Luckily, the home owner was out in the yard when it happened.
A house wiped off the map. The aftermath seen from up above matches the accounts from on the ground.
"I felt the ground shake and I felt my whole house sway back and forth," said Samuel Super, Stamford.
"It sounded like a bomb. It was like we were in Iraq and a bomb landed. Even people down the road thought something landed on their home," said Scott Gimpen, a neighbor.
Gimpen says he lives three doors down from the home. His wife called 911.
Police say just after 2 PM, first responders flooded 305 Webs Hill Road after the explosion.
Luckily, the homeowner was outside of the house at the time of the blast.
"They put him in an ambulance because they wanted him to get checked out, but he looked fine," said Gimpen.
For hours, tanker trucks from Stamford and surrounding towns shuttled water there, one other home took some damage, and investigators work on a cause.
"It was a scene out of hell," said Chief Jon Fontneau.
Police Chief Jon Fontneau says a 500 gallon propane tank was buried in the rear. It burned for hours and it could be to blame.
"There was debris in the trees, glass shards, front door thrown many feet away. There was actually a window up in a pine tree," said Fontneau.
And looking at the wreckage, many in Stamford are relieved no one was more seriously hurt.
"You can replace things you can't replace people," said Super.
The chief says that propane tank is continuing to burn. It's a controlled burn but that's why they still have crews on scene. It could take several days until they have an exact cause.
STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- An explosion destroyed a home in a residential area of Stamford Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters called it a "major incident" on Webbs Hill Road.
The explosion leveled the 6,000 square foot home and scattered debris over a wide area. Plumes of smoke rose into the air and could be seen for miles.
"It was a scene out of hell. It really was. The house was level, there was smoke, there was debris in the trees, glass shards, front door, back door thrown many feet away. There was actually a window frame up in a pine tree. Pine trees were snapped. So it was a very big explosion," said Chief Jon Fontneau, Stamford police.
The road leading to the home, which is down a deep driveway, is blocked off. The fire is still burning but it is now controlled.
One other homes was also damaged.
One of the first pictures from the scene taken by Colin Maclennan shows a large fire burning and debris on the ground.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the explosion could have been caused by a 500 lb. propane tank that was underground beside the home.
"I felt the ground shake and I felt my whole house sway back and forth. It wasn't to the point where an alarm went off or anything like that, but I could just feel there was something going on, the vibration almost like an earthquake," said Samuel Super, who lives 2 miles away from the home.
According to the Stamford Advocate, initial reports did indicate that a propane tank may have exploded.
Mayor James Pavia said "There's absolutely nothing left," Stamford Patch reported.
The Mayor's office said the homeowner was outside at the time of the explosion. He was treated at the scene and was taken to the hospital for observation.
Officials said the homeowner's injuries are minor.
A neighbor who lives three houses down and whose wife was home at the time said, "big explosion shook the house, knocked everyone off their feet and she called 911. Everyone's ok. I don't think there are any injuries because I saw the homeowner and he was fine too. He seemed to be outside the house when it exploded."
Along with Stamford police and firefighters, fire crews from Greenwich and New Canaan were called in for mutual aid.
One firefighter was taken to the hospital for a back injury.
Webbs Hill Road is north of the Merritt Parkway near Exit 34.
Investigators are still on scene.
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