Firefighters respond to gas explosion at house in NE Philadelphia

Justin Udo
October 10, 2019 - 1:36 pm
A house gas explosion in Torresdale

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UPDATED: 3:30 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A gas explosion rocked a quiet neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, sending residents into a panic.

Philadelphia police and firefighters remain on the scene of a gas explosion at a Torresdale house. 

Officials say just before 1 p.m., the roof and walls of a private two-story house on the 4400 block of Pearson Avenue, near Frankford Avenue, blew from its foundation. 

The house had been under renovation.

Neighbors say first responders got to the scene minutes after everything happened.

A house gas explosion in Torresdale
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A house gas explosion in Torresdale
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Lisa Vendetta's home is directly behind the duplex where the eruption occurred.

"I was just doing some work and I felt an explosion. My house shook, and it really rocked the house," she said.

That's when she knew something was wrong.

"I went outside my back door and I saw the glass hitting the ground," she said, "and I saw the smoke."

When Miguel Louis, the new owner of the house, arrived at the scene, he was visibly shaken.

"I just spent a lot of money to buy the house," he lamented. "I bought stuff from Home Depot and dropped it off in the house. After that, I left, and then I got a call that said everything exploded."

Gas service has been turned off on the block.

No injuries have been reported. Investigators are looking into just what caused the explosion. 

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