Authorities investigating cause of Point Breeze home explosion

"The fact that there were two people inside that house and they’re alive is amazing."

Tim Jimenez
April 24, 2018 - 9:55 am
An explosion happened at a home on 20th Street near Federal Street in South Philadelphia Monday night.

Tim Jimenez-KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Authorities and utility crews are trying to figure out the cause of an explosion at a home in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia. Part of the building collapsed and a father and son were able to escape. 

The front of the three-story home on South 20th Street near Federal Street is now rubble. Bricks and other debris collapsed onto the sidewalk, onto cars, and into the street.

PGW, the Department of Licenses and Inspection, the Philadelphia Police Department's bomb squad, and fire officials are all investigating.

Chief Inspector Scott Small says there was a loud explosion, "possibly a gas explosion," around 7:30 p.m. Monday. A 57-year old man and his 12-year-old son were inside when the explosion happened. 

“The fact that there were two people inside that house and they’re alive is amazing,” Small said.

Police say when the explosion happened, the father on the second floor came crashing down to the first where his son was. The father suffered second-degree burns to his hands but is out of the hospital. The son made it out unscathed.

This explosion happened right by the Philadelphia Police Department's Philly 17th District building and a fire house, which had to be evacuated.