2 injured when house explodes in northern Kentucky; police say natural gas suspected

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ALEXANDRIA, Kentucky — Authorities say one home was flattened and a few others were damaged in a late-night explosion that injured two people and was felt for miles away.

Alexandria Fire Department Captain Keith Hamman told The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1AC8Oy5) he lives three miles from the scene, but felt the rumble from the explosion late Saturday before his phone rang.

"Oh, yeah. It was strong," Hamman said. "Five houses were affected. Some broken windows, some with bent garage doors. One house directly across the street had the whole front wall move approximately 2 inches."

Hamman said rescue crews arrived and took the two residents of the home to the hospital. He said they suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Dispatchers said the loud explosion led to a "big number" of calls and prompted a visual response. They posted information about the incident on Facebook and Twitter.

The Campbell County Police Department called the incident an "apparent natural gas explosion" on Sunday, though the investigation was continuing.

"Anything could have caused this," Hamman said. "We were able to secure gas to the residence and that was shut off. Duke (Energy) sent people to cut the power, too."

The American Red Cross was called in to help relocate two residents of the destroyed home.

Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

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