SEYMOUR, Conn. (WTNH) – Two people were taken to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital following a gas leak and explosion in Seymour Tuesday, according to officials.
Just before 2 p.m., officials responded to a report of an explosion with a potential fire on Maple Street. Upon arrival, officials found three victims, two who were burned seriously and one with minor burns, according to Seymour Police Chief John Bucherati.
One victim was treated for minor burns to their hands and released, while two other patients have severe injuries and are being treated at Bridgeport Hospital. Among those severely injured is a male in his seventies who suffered burns to 15% of his body, as well as a woman in her fifties that has burns to 80% of her body.
One person refused treatment.
Among those injured was a minor, according to officials.
The force of the explosion blew off windows and the garage door, causing a small fire. Fire officials say the explosion came from a gas leak, which is now under investigation by the Seymour Fire Marshal’s office, the detective bureau of Seymour police and the state fire marshal’s office.
Officials found the home was using a propane tank instead of utilities from Eversource.
Edwards said it is under control and gas has been shut down to the building. Police are on scene along with the propane company trying to determine what happened.
Red Cross is heading to the scene to help five people who are displaced, officials said.
Witnesses described the sound and the aftermath.
“It was just like woah, what just happened, and I mean the house shook,” said Adam Spark of Seymour. “So it was pretty scary.”
Maple Street is now open to traffic.
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