Explosion wrecks 2 homes, damages others

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No one was seriously injured in a natural gas explosion in Westminster that destroyed two houses and damaged four others.

The explosion occurred around 11:30 a.m. on June 13 near 92nd Avenue and Ingalls Street. Homes nearby also experienced damage and many were temporarily evacuated. The two leveled homes are complete losses.

“There were two minor injuries reported,” said Westminster Fire Department Public Information officer Diana Wilson.

Xcel Energy confirmed the gas line going into the home was not compromised, so they believe the explosion may have come from inside the home — possibly from a faulty appliance.

Throughout the day there were three people unaccounted for, but they were found safely the following morning.

Power and gas service was also turned off in the neighborhood as a precautionary measure as authorities investigated the scene.

The blast shook many buildings and homes nearby, some even blocks away.

Russ Kraus, who works at in a bank building at 92nd Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard said he could feel an intense shake when the explosion happened.

“I could definitely feel something, I thought it was a car crashing into the building or something,” he said.

“It almost felt like an earthquake. I lived in San Francisco, and I never felt anything this strong before.”

According to the Westminster Fire Department’s Facebook page, the department is working with the families affected by the explosion on how to deal with the situation.

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