July 21, 2021
Six people, including four children, were injured when a home exploded Wednesday in Chester County, according to multiple reports.
The blast occurred just before noon at a home on Hibernia Road in West Brandywine, authorities told NBC10. Eighteen tanker trucks, totaling nearly 60,000 gallons of water, were called to the scene to help extinguish the fire left in its wake.
Photos from a TV news helicopter above the home show it nearly engulfed in smoke. Firefighters continued to battle the blaze nearly two hours after the explosion and were drafting water from the home's pool and a nearby pond, according to multiple reports.
One adult and two children were flown to a hospital for treatment, while the two other children were hospitalized via ambulance, emergency officials said. One person who was injured refused treatment, 6ABC is reporting.
All six people suffered burns, and authorities said their injuries do not appear to be life threatening, according to CBS3.
Local and state investigators remained at the scene into the late afternoon working to determine what caused the explosion.
This is a developing story and may be updated as more information becomes available.