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Explosion in Harrison destroys house, injures 2

The scene of a house explosion on Fire Lane 12 in Harrison, October 10, 2018. (WLUK/Don Steffens){p}{/p}
The scene of a house explosion on Fire Lane 12 in Harrison, October 10, 2018. (WLUK/Don Steffens)

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HARRISON (WLUK) -- Officials say two women were injured after a house exploded in Harrison.

Crews responded to a home on Fire Lane 12 around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

"I thought a plane crashed. I saw the smoke and the windows shook and everything fell off my windows and doors, too close for comfort," said Sharon Ziegelbauer, a neighbor who lives on the street.

Many people described the blast as powerful and could even be heard from people living several miles away.

"I didn't know what it was," Rodney Harrison said. "An explosion, a tree, I thought a tree fell on my house from the storms. I ran outside to check the house foundation and it was scary."

No one was home at the time of the explosion, but officials say two women living in a home nearby were injured. Officials say their injuries are non-life-threatening.

"They do not appear to be serious at this time but they are being treated at a Green Bay hospital," said Lt. Mark Wiegert of the Calumet Co. Sheriff's Dept.

As for the other residents living on the street, many of them have been let back into their homes, but not before they were inspected by crews from We Energies and a city inspector to make sure they were safe.

"We do not know what caused the explosion. We don't know if the gas caused it or if the explosion caused the gas leak, we don't know that at this point. That is under investigation," Wiegert said.

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